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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Scone Bypass funding gets tick of approval

Media Release

DC105/2017

01 May 2017

Joint release with:

Barnaby Joyce

Federal Member for New England Deputy Prime Minister

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

  • Scone Bypass set to go ahead as Federal funding approved for construction of the $120 million project—construction slated for late 2017
  • Project will improve local traffic flow, support regional producers and improve road safety

$65 million in Australian Government funding has been ticked off to start building the four-kilometre Scone Bypass, creating a safer and more efficient road network for the local region.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the funding approval meant work on the bypass could get started later this year.

“Putting this money on the table to build the bypass is another step towards a more prosperous regional Australia. We are committed to seeing the region thrive, and putting in a bypass means safer local streets, better freight movement and less congestion on local roads,” Mr Chester said.

“We’ve worked hard to make this project a reality—together, the Australian and New South Wales governments committed an extra  $30 million at the 2016 election to make sure there were no holdups with the project. We want to ensure the region’s farmers and producers remain well-connected to global and domestic markets, keeping them viable and competitive.

“It’s all part of our record $50 billion investment in infrastructure around the nation, which is delivering projects that are saving lives, creating jobs, and building the infrastructure we need to support a growing nation.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the bypass would also pay dividends for Scone residents, including the creation of hundreds of direct and indirect jobs.

“Having to negotiate with heavy freight traffic as you are trying to cross a road to get a loaf of bread is never great, and what this bypass will do is shift some of that traffic outside of Scone’s CBD,” Mr Joyce said.

“It will also help freight operators and residents, who will no longer experience significant delays from two rail crossings intersecting the New England Highway. Currently, large freight trains hinder traffic for up to two hours each day and this will only increase as more freight moves by rail.

“The bypass will fix that problem and allow the region to reach the potential by providing the infrastructure it needs to grow.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the New South Wales Government had committed $55 million toward this project.

“We are committed to seeing it delivered, with vital preparatory works continuing. I am also pleased to see the Australian Government investing in the region with construction due to begin in late 2017,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This region supports a range of industries including livestock farming, mining and the production of grains such as maize and oats. Between supporting local producers with a better freight connection, to improving local amenity with less freight traffic, the bypass is a real boon for the community.”

For more information on the Australian Government’s investment in regional Australia, visit: investment.infrastructure.gov.au