Work commences on Hermitage Road following the completion of Broke Road upgrade

Work on the upgrade of Broke Road west has finished and construction has commenced on Hermitage Road as part of a $17.1 million upgrade to the road link connecting the region’s wine country.

Work on the upgrade of Broke Road west has finished and construction has commenced on Hermitage Road as part of a $17.1 million upgrade to the road link connecting the region’s wine country.

The upgrade, which is being delivered by Cessnock City Council as part of their contribution to a joint project with Singleton Council, includes safety improvements, intersection upgrades, construction of on-road cycleways and installation of tourist facilities including signage and rest areas.

Cessnock City Council’s Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this is a key achievement in the multi-million dollar project which will bolster the regions tourism industry.

“The upgrade of the important road link will no doubt have far reaching benefits for the Hunter wine industry, providing better access for visitors and also for cyclists,” Mayor Pynsent said.

Glandore Owner and General Manager, Duane Roy, said he looks forward to the opportunities the upgrades will generate.

“As a small business owner, it is fantastic to see an investment which will invite people into our region ¬– the high-quality road now fits our premium wine growing destination,” Mr Roy said.

The Hermitage and Broke Road Upgrade project received $16.7 million in funding under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Resources for Regions program.

Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP, said he was proud the NSW Government has been able to significantly contribute to the delivery of this important upgrade and many other projects in the Upper Hunter Electorate.

“Through Restart NSW funding, we have committed over $110 million towards projects in the Hunter, demonstrating our commitment to increasing the attractiveness of the Upper Hunter Electorate and regional NSW as a place to live and do business,” Mr Johnsen said.

13 December 2016