Bolivia Hill upgrade environmental review finalised

Media Release


21 April 2016

Joint release with:

Barnaby Joyce

Deputy Prime Minister
Federal Member for New England

Motorists are a step closer towards realising the benefits of the New England Highway upgrade at Bolivia Hill with the project's review of environmental factors (REF) now finalised.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrade would make it easier for road users to navigate Bolivia Hill safely.

"The New England Highway is the major link from the Hunter region to the New England area and beyond, and serves as an important trucking route between Sydney and Brisbane as an alternative to the Pacific Highway," Mr Chester said.

"The upgrade at Bolivia Hill will deliver a safer road for commuters while cutting travel times, making it a more efficient route for freight movements."

Mr Chester said the Australian Government had committed $55 million towards the $60 million project.

"A faster and safer New England Highway is a major priority for local traffic, the trucking industry and visitors to the area alike," Mr Chester said.

"Detailed design work is now underway and is expected to be completed later this year.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said this was a further step in delivering the project for New England.

“It works in well with the funding for Tenterfield and Scone bypasses,” Mr Joyce said.

“We know this is the primary corridor for commerce for our region.

"Additional surveys were carried out at the request of the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage.”

Feedback received has been compiled in a submissions report that is now available on the project website. Once the detailed design is complete Roads and Maritime will invite tenders for major work.

For more information and to view the submissions report visit