Hunter Projects Get Disaster Funding Boost

Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation
Latest News

The Albanese and Minns Governments are building infrastructure back better in the Hunter electorate to make our community more resilient to natural disasters.

In the Hunter electorate, the Albanese Government is helping to deliver
$9,542,703 in funding for eight projects through the jointly-funded Infrastructure Betterment Fund and Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Package – Community Assets Program.

The Infrastructure Betterment Fund is focused on building back essential public assets, such as roads, bridges and drainage impacted by the storm and flood events in 2022. Funding will mean assets are repaired to a more resilient standard that can better withstand future natural disasters, while also delivering associated economic, social and productivity benefits.

The Community Assets Program is repairing and building back community assets, including parks, walkways, community buildings, and tourism and recreational facilities, impacted by the storm and flood events in February and June 2022.

The projects include:
• $4,173,931 for the betterment of Thomas Street, North Rothbury in the Cessnock LGA
• $752,895 for the remediation of the Baddeley Park Hockey field in the Cessnock LGA
• $247,000 for the upgrade of the Wollombi Walking Trail to improve access and install historically appropriate curb and guttering using flood resilient materials in the Cessnock LGA
• $162,258 for the construction of a new playground at Reids Reserve in the Lake Macquarie LGA
• $1,569,375 for the restoration and improvements of Karoola Park in the Muswellbrook LGA
• $1,113,000 for the improvements to the Denman Water supply infrastructure in the Muswellbrook LGA
• $524,244 for the betterment of the Muswellbrook water supply infrastructure in the Muswellbrook LGA
• $1,000,000 for the refurbishment of the Howe Park Tennis Courts in the Singleton LGA

Quotes attributable to Dan Repacholi MP, Federal Member for

“The Albanese Government is committed to the ongoing recovery of flood impacted communities.

“The breadth of projects receiving funding represents our commitment to improve our regions and ensure no one in the Hunter is left behind.

“By investing in better designs and better materials, we can make sure local roads, schools and drainage systems are built to last, and better withstand future natural disasters.

Quotes attributable to Clayton Barr MP, State Member for Cessnock “The new Federal and State Government approach to rebuilding assets after natural disasters, this approach to build back better than before, is a welcome change to the old model of doing the same thing over and over again.

“Nobody wants to experience these natural disasters, but there is little we can do to control mother nature.

“What we can do though is to make sure that we help communities get back on their feet and that’s exactly what these funds will do.

Quotes attributable to Hon Emily Suvaal MLC, Duty MLC for Lake
Macquarie and Upper Hunter

“The Minns Labor Government is committed to ensuring our communities in regional areas get the support they need.

“For too long, our regional communities have been left behind. The Minns and Albanese Governments are committed to future-proofing our regions and providing the crucial infrastructure they need to protect against future natural disasters.