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One of the city’s most important infrastructure projects is a step closer after the City of Wagga Wagga secured $13.2M in NSW Government funding.
About $70M of works are required for the Bomen Enabling Roads (Stage One) and proposed Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub (Stage Two), including an underpass and a 5.8km master rail siding.
Council required a funding commitment from the state or it would lose a $14.5M grant from the Federal Government and the potential to unlock close to 1,800 hectares of land at Bomen Business Park.
“A NSW Government funding commitment was vital to help make this project a reality,” Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Rod Kendall said.
“The Bomen Enabling Roads and proposed RiFL Hub will transform our economy and provide long-lasting benefits to the wider community.
The NSW Government will provide a specific purpose grant of $8.3M toward the construction of the new heavy vehicle link and $4.9M to replace the Eunony Bridge under the Fixing Country Roads program.
The Federal Government has also committed $4.9M to the bridge replacement.
With all of the funding now locked in, Council will be able to continue work on the Wagga Wagga High Productivity Freight Route, which began with the Eunony Bridge Road Deviation Project in 2014-15.
“The High Productivity Freight Route will create a potential round trip saving of 36 minutes – or 21 kilometres – for Higher Mass Limits (HML) vehicles and encourage heavy vehicles to avoid the CBD,” Cr Kendall said.
“The enabling roads also serve as the first stage of the proposed RiFL Hub program, which would be constructed on land adjoining the new roads at Bomen Business Park.
The next step of the proposed RiFL Hub project is finalising commercial terms with Council’s private sector partner, Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA). These negotiations are progressing well and it is envisaged that terms will be finalised over the next six months, but are still subject to several commercial decisions.
“It’s important to note that Council is proposing to build the enabling roads regardless of stage two proceeding. The enabling roads provide significant safety, economic and productivity benefits which makes it a great project on its own,” Cr Kendall said.
This article first appeared on yoursaywagga.com.au
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