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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Sandy Macdonald Senator for NSW

EXTRA AUSLINK FUNDING FOR HUNTER

The Hunter region will benefit from road funding of more than $3 million under the additional AusLink Strategic Regional Program package announced in last week’s federal budget, NSW Nationals Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“An additional $250 million will be spent on upgrading roads of regional importance and in the Hunter, both the Singleton Council and the Cessnock City Council will benefit,” Senator Macdonald said.

• $2.1 million for Singleton Council to upgrade sections of the Wollombi Road / Paynes Crossing Road to allow for a safer, more reliable and efficient route for industry and communities in the region. • $993,000 for Cessnock City Council to reconstruct the unsealed section of

DeBeyers Road between Broke Road and McDonald Road at Pokolbin. This will improve the safety, ride quality, traffic capacity and significantly reduce road maintenance and vehicle operating costs.

The Australian Government’s contribution to the upgrade of these roads will be paid to councils by 30 June.

Senator Macdonald said the Australian Coalition Government has committed to a massive increase in infrastructure spending, especially in rural and regional Australia.

“Auslink is now a $15 billion program, investing in our roads, rail and ports. Auslink 2 will run from 2009-2014 and will invest a further $22 billion into transport infrastructure,” he said.

The Australian Government has announced it will spend an extra $300 million in the Strategic Regional Program under AusLink 2, which will enable councils to submit new applications. The extra funding will be allocated in two $150 million funding rounds held in 2009-10 and 2011-12.

“I would encourage all councils to consider submitting applications to upgrade roads which are strategically important to this region,” Senator Macdonald said.

Further information is available from the Department of Transport and Regional Services website at www.dotars.gov.au .

Ends…Tuesday 15 May 2007