A revitalised town centre for Denman and extensive works on the Shire’s mine affected roads will now proceed following the success of two of Council’s funding applications to the NSW Resources for Regions initiative.

Mayor of Muswellbrook Martin Rush has welcomed the announcement of $2.5 million in funding to progress an exciting new streetscape in Denman and $7.7 million for traffic safety improvements, road renewals and upgrades on the region’s local road network.

“This funding will allow the delivery of these two projects and complements both the vision of the Denman Town Centre Masterplan and Council’s determination to improve the amenity of the region through an improved and well maintained road network.

“I congratulate the Acting General Manager and Council’s Grants team on the quality of the funding applications.”

The Denman revitalisation project includes a new main street streetscape, parking and new facilities for Recreation Vehicles, improvements Memorial Park, including the installation of a playground and the construction of a viewing platform and plaza near the Hunter River levee bank.

The projects all form part of the Denman Town Centre Masterplan, designed to enhance the heritage aspect of Ogilvie Street and other public areas within the town as it builds on existing boutique tourism offerings and develops as a significant regional tourist centre.

The mining affected road network in the Muswellbrook Shire is accessed entirely by the local road network. Council does not have the financial capacity to adequately address the mining impacts on the local road network to an acceptable level of safety and maintenance without the assistance of programs such as Resources for Regions.

The Resources for Regions funding will enable significant improvements to the mining affected road network, improve road safety outcomes and reduce Council’s maintenance costs over the long term.

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