Mallabula roadworks back on track

Works on Tanilba Road at Mallabula are nearing completion.

SCHEDULED to be finished by November 2022, the total rebuild of Tanilba Road, Mallabula is now back on track.

The $1,700,000 project was delayed by rain and is now nearing completion.

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Much of the underground drainage has been installed along with kerbing and guttering.

This means that once the new road base has been put in place and compacted, the surface can be sealed.

A new bus stop and shelter is also under construction at the bottom of Wychewood Ave.

The really big news is that preliminary surveys of Avenue of the Allies at Tanilba Bay have been completed with work due to start in April.

Over $3,000,000 is earmarked for this project.

“Roads are the focal point of all ratepayers these days and it is important that they understand how they are funded,” Port Stephens Councillor Steve Tucker told News Of The Area.

“State grants are a major contributor to our roads program and are for targeted works.

“They just can’t be transferred to other areas,” he added.

“The $1,500,000 Tanilba roundabout is a prime example.

“It was obtained under the ‘Black Spot’ initiative.

“The main road to Salt Ash was a specific government grant of many millions of dollars which released ratepayers’ dollars for other roadworks,” he stated.

Cr Tucker said Tilligerry receives more funding for roads than most other wards in the shire per head of population.

“There is no easy fix for road funding,” he said.

“We can raise the rates, apply for more grants, defer other works or just wait our turn.

“There is no such thing as a money tree,” he concluded.


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