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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP


Motorists travelling between Sandy Hollow and Merriwa are benefiting from upgraded facilities with work now complete at the Gungal Rest Area.

Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is building what matters by investing $650,000 for the upgrade and to carry out general maintenance and road safety improvements along Maitland Street, off the Golden Highway.
“The upgrade work to provide new toilet facilities, upgraded shelters and a new concrete path has been completed this month,” Mr Layzell said.

“Now we will get on with the job by completing road maintenance and safety improvement work, which will provide safer access to Gungal Rest Area for all road users.

“This will include widening the road shoulders opposite the rest area entry points, improving drainage, providing a new left turn lane for eastbound motorists, upgrading the centreline to double barriers and making driveway adjustments.

“The general maintenance and safety improvement work has started and will be completed in early March, weather permitting”.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the ongoing work was a welcome boost to the economy of the Upper Hunter with 20 jobs supported during construction.

“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is building the infrastructure that communities need and is part of the plan to keep our state moving forward.

“Our strong economic management allows us to deliver these vital community amenities and create jobs as part of our investment.

The project is being delivered by Upper Hunter Shire Council on behalf of Transport for NSW.

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PICTURE CAPTION: Dave Layzell at the upgraded Gungal Rest Area Golden Highway, Gungal.


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