NSW Budget 2017: Werris Creek water and Tamworth rail projects left out of budget

EXCITED: Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson was buoyed by funding for road projects in the electorate.
EXCITED: Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson was buoyed by funding for road projects in the electorate.

LIVERPOOL Plains and Tamworth councils could be waiting a little bit longer for funding for key projects.

Tamworth’s bid for a rail-line upgrade, as part of its push to establish an intermodal freight hub, was not listed as a line item in the NSW budget which was released on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Werris Creek water treatment project has been shortlisted for funding which Liverpool Plains mayor Andrew Hope said was 14 years in the making.

“We recognised we needed to do something about 14 years ago,” he said.

“Our former mayor, Cr Lobsey, lobbied very hard for eight of those years and something I then picked up.

“It’s taken this long for all of the planets to line up and funding to come through at each level.”

There is a process to go through before the project is given approval for state funding, but Cr Hope thanked Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen and Mr Anderson for their work to get the project shortlisted.

Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said Tamworth Regional Council hasn’t submitted an application for funding for the intermodal project as part of the fixing country rail program.

Mr Anderson said there was “good feeling” in the halls of parliament regarding Tamworth’s funding to invigorate its intermodal freight hub push.

“There’s a good feeling that it stacks up,” Mr Anderson said.

Mr Anderson’s electorate has landed $37 million of funding in the budget for a bevy of road projects.

He was buoyed by the announcement and said he was “very excited the major projects we have been chasing have been funded”.

In the budget, $4.8 million has been allocated for the construction of a brand new fire station at West Tamworth, which had previously been announced.

Funding for the Gunnedah overpass and police station were confirmed, while $3.5 million was set down for Manilla Rd works.

More to come.


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