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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP


Branxton pedestrians and motorists are set to benefit from upgraded street parking and an improved streetscape for Branxton town centre, thanks to a $626,337 grant from Round Nine of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s Resources for Regions Fund.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the funds will be used to upgrade the northern side of Branxton from Church Street to Anvil Creek Bridge to draw locals and visitors back into the area.

“Mining plays a very important role in the NSW economy, supporting tens of thousands of jobs, so it’s absolutely critical we support the industry to future-proof communities like Branxton,” Mr Toole said.

“With a significant reduction in motor vehicle traffic over the years, this project will position the historical Branxton town centre as the place to stop for visitors heading to the Hunter Valley.

“This is one of 355 projects worth $560 million the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government has rolled out to mining communities since it was established in 2012.”

Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said this project built on the $31 million rolled out under Round Nine of the Resources for Regions Fund across 21 projects in the Upper Hunter electorate alone.

“These funds will be used to improve pedestrian access by widening the footpath, installing new street furniture and formalising on-road parking, so everyone who visits the local businesses in town has an enjoyable experience,” Mr Toole said.

“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to supporting regional mining towns that supply our State with these precious resources, and I am pleased Cessnock City Council put forward these projects to support the ongoing prosperity of the local community.”

Cessnock City Council Mayor Jay Suvaal said the upgrades to Branxton Town Centre will bring the main street back to the heart of the community and make it a more inviting and accessible space for pedestrians.

“We’re dedicated to increasing connectivity in Branxton, creating a solid relationship between the main street and our side streets and promoting a sense of arrival for those visiting our town,” Mayor Suvaal said.

The Resources for Regions Fund aims to ensure a strong future for NSW mining communities by upgrading local infrastructure and amenities, revitalising townships and building essential community facilities.

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PICTURE CAPTION: Deputy Premier Paul Toole and Dave Layzell view plans for the Resources for Regions fund upgrade of Branxton's main street.

PICTURE CAPTION: Deputy Premier Paul Toole and Dave Layzell with Cessnock Councillor Mitchell Hill in Maitland Street Branxton.


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