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

Green light for Cessnock Road project planning

Media Release

MM033/2018

05 April 2018

Joint release with:

John Williams

Senator for New South Wales

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

  • $17 million project to improve flood immunity at Testers Hollow
  • The design and environmental assessment contract has been awarded
  • Planning stage of works expected to be completed by mid-2019

Motorists will soon benefit from an upgraded Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow following the award of the contract for the design and environmental assessment of the project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the upgrade would redesign the alignment and level of Cessnock Road to reduce the likelihood of traffic disruptions due to flooding.

“In the past 10 years this section of road at Testers Hollow has flooded on at least six occasions resulting in road closures of between two and 17 days,” Mr McCormack said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said raising Cessnock Road would make life easier for local residents as well as helping to reduce freight and road maintenance costs.

“Upgrading the road through Testers Hollow will provide longer term benefits to fast-growing nearby communities like Cliftleigh and Gillieston Heights,” Mrs Pavey said.

Senator for NSW John Williams said the heavily used road also provided an important link to the Hunter Expressway.

“We will continue to work with the community throughout the planning process to minimise project impacts. The planning stage of work is expected to be completed by mid-2019,” Senator Williams said.

This project is jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $15 million including the release of an initial $1.5 million for development work and the New South Wales Government providing $2 million.

Further information on this project is available at: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/hunter/cessnockroad- testers-hollow/index.html.