Improving Our Roads Without Selling Our Electricity Network

Member for Charlestown, Jodie Harrison MP, has today announced that an elected Labor Government would invest $303 million in a Hunter Roads fund, without privatising our electricity assets.

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This commitment matches Mike Baird’s pledge, but removes the condition of needing to sell off State Government assets. Labor’s commitment is part of the $10 billion over 10 years delivered under Labor’s A Better Way infrastructure plan.

 Among this infrastructure pledge is money for important Charlestown pinch points including:

$12 million to upgrade the intersections of Pacific Highway and Kahibah Road, and Pacific Highway and Northcott Drive, Highfields

$4 million to continue planning and pre-construction to widen Hillsborough Road to four lanes between Warners Bay and the Newcastle Inner City Bypass

“When I’ve been speaking to locals the two most common road issues are the Pacific Highway intersections and the single lane section of Hillsborough Rd. I’m pleased that Labor has committed this money to upgrade roads in the Hunter,” Ms Harrison said.

“I recently wrote to residents in Hillsborough, keeping them up to date with the road survey and planning along Hillsborough that will be happening this year” Ms Harrison said. 

“The Liberal’s road funding is conditional on the price they get for selling off our electricity network. Labor’s plan is funded without the need to sell off public infrastructure,” Ms Harrison said.

Other Lower Hunter road projects included in this announcement are:

$2 million to improve access from University Drive into Newcastle University, Callaghan Campus

$1.5 million to upgrade the intersection of Griffiths Road and Broadmeadow Road, Broadmeadow

$8 million to upgrade the intersections of Industrial Drive and Tourle Street, and Industrial Drive and Werribi Street, Mayfield