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Finding to protect freight corridor good news for the Hunter

Release Date: 11/07/2017
The Hunter Business Chamber today endorsed Infrastructure Australia’s finding that the Hunter Valley freight rail corridor is one of seven key transport corridors across Australia that should be protected.
Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said that the Chamber agrees with Infrastructure Australia and has been advocating for steps to be taken on the Lower Hunter rail freight corridor over a long period of time.
Recognition of the importance of the Hunter Valley freight rail corridor was made in Infrastructure Australia’s Corridor Protection: Planning and investing for the long term report released on 7 July. The paper urges Australian governments to take action over the next five years to protect vital infrastructure corridors, avoid cost overruns, delays and community disruption when delivering new infrastructure.
“The Chamber is aware that the State Government set aside funds in the recent budget to commence a consultation process to define the rail freight corridor, consistent with Infrastructure Australia funding.
“It is important that this proceeds quickly, given the westward movement of residential development in the sub-region where the corridor is likely to be located. Reservation of the corridor will increase certainty necessary for efficient regional planning.
“Whilst not mentioned in the corridor protection report, Infrastructure Australia recognises the M1 extension to Raymond Terrace in its Priority List. The Chamber notes that this corridor has already been identified for this key transportation project,” Bob said.

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