Scot MacDonald
24th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $4.45 million in funding to Cessnock City Council as part of the NSW Government’s ‘Fixing Country Roads’ program.

“The funding will be used to upgrade and widen Frame Drive into an 11 metre carriageway from the intersection of Gingers Lane to Orange Street in Abermain” Mr MacDonald said.

This complements the new dual carriageway, concrete bridge replacing the single lane timber bridge on Frame Drive; funded by $2 million from the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme and Cessnock City Council.

The work forms part of a larger plan to create a strong transport route that will eventually connect Cessnock directly to the Hunter Expressway.

“The ‘Fixing Country Roads’ program involves the NSW Government working with local councils to identify important infrastructure upgrades needed on council-owned and managed roads to improve safety and freight productivity.

“The new bridge and road upgrade will help regional communities deliver better connections to state-owned roads and highways, allowing goods to be transported faster and more efficiently.

“We are committed to providing high quality service to our regional customers and are getting on with the job of providing improvements and upgrades across our freight transport networks.

The first two rounds of ‘Fixing Country Roads’ has so far provided more than $90 million in funding for 138 projects across Regional NSW.

For more information on ‘Fixing Country Roads’ visit

Scot MacDonald | 9230 2393