$77 million to upgrade the Newell Highway

Media Release


06 March 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Improvements to the Newell Highway in New South Wales will be delivered as part of the Australian Government's $229 million National Highway Upgrade Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government is providing the funding for works to specifically improve Australia's key national highway networks.

“This programme will fund much-needed upgrading works around Australia such as shoulder and centreline widening, ripple strips and wire rope barriers, overtaking lanes, turning lanes and pavement improvements,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government has allocated $61.35 million through our National Highway Upgrade Programme to construct heavy duty pavement on the Newell Highway, including a widened centreline, between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said funding under the National Highway Upgrade Programme will support the national and state freight task.

“This Newell Highway project will be jointly funded, with the New South Wales Government providing $15.35 million, in partnership with the Australian Government's $61.35 million,” Mr Gay said.

“This is on top of the $233 million the NSW Liberals and Nationals have spent on the Newell Highway since March 2011.

“This historic level of funding for the Newell is helping fund the construction more than a dozen overtaking lanes as well as the final stage of the Moree Bypass.

“This programme is another example of the Australian and New South Wales governments' commitment to building productive infrastructure for the local community.”

Construction on the Newell Highway Mungle Back Creek to Boggabilla project is expected to commence in 2015–16.