Hunter projects on ‘Resources for Regions’ shortlist

Concept images for The Levee project. Pic: Maitland City Council. IMPROVEMENTS to Newcastle’s coastline that could prove a major tourist drawcard, the completion of Maitland’s Levee project and a $20million upgrade of Muswellbrook Hospital are among 14 projects shortlisted for government funding.

Councils and Maitland MP Robyn Parker welcomed the Hunter-dominated list released yesterday, with those on it able to lodge detailed applications to be in the running for a slice of the $89 million on offer through the Resources for Regions program.

Half of those on the shortlist are Hunter projects, with the $20million stage two upgrade of Muswellbrook Hospital the most expensive.

The cash is for mining affected communities, with indirect impacts taken into account.

Cessnock and Maitland local government areas were eligible to apply to the program for the first time this round, along with Newcastle, Singleton and Muswellbrook. Lake Macquarie is still blocked.

Ms Parker said she was delighted Maitland City Council’s $9.9million application for the final stage of The Levee project had made the list.

Another is Newcastle council’s $12 million coastal infrastructure improvements, which include work to the South Newcastle seawall.

Acting lord mayor Brad Luke said the money would help the council fast track much of the Bathers Way project.

‘‘It would be a true tourist attraction,’’ he said.

Singleton and Cessnock councils were shortlisted for a joint application to upgrade the intersection of Broke and Hermitage roads at Pokolbin.

Each could get about $8million from the government and kick in their own funds for the project, which also includes the tourist facilities and an on-road cycleway connecting the Hunter Expressway with Broke Road.

However, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner cautioned that being shortlisted was not a guarantee and applicants needed to provide economic appraisals and project justifications.

A panel that includes Infrastructure NSW representatives will assess the applications, with those successful to be named later this year.

Broken Hill- $5 million for Broken Hill City Council to refurbish the Civic Centre;

Cessnock- $8.6 million to Cessnock Council, to upgrade Hermitage Road and the Broke Road intersection;

Cobar- $4.1 million for Cobar Shire Council for sealing Whitbarrow Way for mining use;

Cobar-$5 million for Cobar Shire Council for the replacement of the twin pipeline from Nyngan to Cobar, Stage 2;

Lithgow- $4.2 million for Lithgow Council for the Cullen Bullen Sewage System and Waste Water Treatment Plant;

Maitland -$9.9 million for Maitland City Council for the renovation of Maitland High Street (Stage 2);

Mid-Western- $14 million for the Mid-Western Shire Council to develop an alternative access road to the Hunter from Bylong to Wollar;

Muswellbrook- $4.2 million for Muswellbrook Shire Council for traffic safety improvement works to mining affected roads;

Muswellbrook- $20 million for Muswellbrook Hospital Redevelopment Stage 2 – clinical services;

Narrabri- $4.4 million for Narrabri Shire Council for the Timber Bridge Replacement Program;

Narrabri- $9.6 million for Narrabri Shire Council for the Boggabri Sewage System Augmentation;

Newcastle- $12 million for Newcastle City Council for the renovation of coastal infrastructure, with priority to be given to road connectivity and sea wall restoration work;

Singleton- $7.5 million for Singleton Hospital for a public and private health facility – imaging, ambulatory and primary health care; and

Singleton- $8.1 million to Singleton Council, to upgrade Hermitage Road and the Broke Road intersection.