Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Testers Hollow Upgrade on Track

Media Release

DC090/2017

12 April 2017

Joint release with:

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

  • Refinements to previous studies and survey work to be undertaken on Testers Hollow upgrade prior to construction
  • Fixing the road will keep communities connected to jobs, schools and vital services at all times
  • New South Wales Government to provide proposal to Australian Government on how federal funding can be utilised to deliver the project

The Australian Government is expecting to receive a proposal on improving flood immunity on Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow within weeks.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the imminent report from the New South Wales Government would be the basis of future works and reaffirmed the Australian Government's $15 million commitment to the project.

“Flooding at Testers Hollow has a big impact on local communities, so we are working on a project to raise and realign Cessnock Road to ensure communities stay connected to jobs, schools and emergency services at all times,” Mr Chester said.

“We are working with the New South Wales Government to see this road upgraded in the most effective way possible and look forward to receiving a proposal in coming weeks on how this joint commitment can be used to progress the project.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said further planning and design steps must be taken before work can start.

“We understand the impact of road closures on local communities in terms of longer commutes and isolation from essential services, and it's an issue I am keen to see addressed soon,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Further studies are required to ensure that the solution to the flood problem at Testers Hollow does not negatively impact surrounding areas and our joint funding commitment will be used to refine previous flood modelling and carry out important geotechnical and survey work to finalise the preferred option.

“Once this is complete we can then undertake the work. Early works should start in mid-2018 with construction expected to start in 2019.”

The $17 million project will receive $15 million from the Australian Government, with the remainder being funded by the New South Wales Government.