In response to the NSW Health stay at home order, Council services, facilities and events have been impacted. Important changes to the status of Council services will take place from Monday 18 October 2021.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the greater Newcastle and Hunter Valley areas, NSW Health has issued a stay at home order. Following the NSW Government's Roadmap to Reopening announcement, there will be further changes from Monday 18 October.
Council has received funding to construct a 3.3 kilometre long by 2.5m wide concrete off-road shared pathway/cycleway between Branxton and Greta on the northern side of the New England Highway. Prior to the opening of the Hunter Expressway in 2014, the section of the New England Highway between Branxton and Greta was part of the primary national route through the Hunter.
A separate expansion of the pathway to incorporate a war memorial aspect along the route is being coordinated by Hunter Anzac Memorial Limited.
The pathway will connect the Branxton and Greta townships. The works are located on the northern side of the New England Highway between Branxton and Greta.
Under Round 4 of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, Council received $1,950,000 to fund the construction of the pathway. Council will provide a co-contribution of $650,000 towards the project.
Construction of a 3.3 kilometre long by 2.5 metre wide concrete off-road shared pathway/cycleway, including:
Construction will be undertaken in a number of stages through until March 2022, subject to ground conditions and weather.
Stage 1 works scheduled to commence in late March 2021 and are estimated to take approximately 7 weeks to complete.
Stage 2 works, 2.9kms of shared pathway, are currently in the design stage. Construction is scheduled to commence in August 2021 and due to be completed by March 2022.
During the course of the works there will be some unavoidable traffic disruptions. Traffic control will be in place to minimise this disruption and contractors will endeavour to keep residents and land owners updated on the timing and duration of disruptions.