Cessnock and Singleton Councils celebrate opening of Hermitage Road and Broke Road upgrade and cycleway

Councils ride high after cycleway completion Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnson, Singleton Mayor Sue Moore and Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent

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Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism chairman George Souris

Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism chairman George Souris addresses the crowd

Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism chairman George Souris

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent and Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism chairman George Souris

Singleton mayor Sue Moore

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnson and Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism chairman George Souris

Upper Hunter Mp Michael Johnson

Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent, Singleton Mayor Sue Moore and Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnson

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnson and Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnson and Singleton mayor Sue Moore

Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon and Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsLocal and visiting bike lovershave a new safe place to ride in wine country with the opening of amulti-million dollar upgrade toBroke and Hermitage Roads.

Theproject includedimprovementstoHermitage Road and Broke Roads,a 10.6 kilometre cyclewayand installation of tourist facilities including an information bay.

The concept was a joint initiative between Cessnock and Singleton Councils.

The councilscombined to submit a successful funding application for $16.7 million from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program, whichdeliversimproved infrastructure in mining-affected communities.

The upgrade was officially opened by Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnson at a ceremony on Wednesday after about 12 months of construction.

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— Sage Swinton (@sageswinton) August 30, 2017 Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon and Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent

“This project has truly been an important investment in our communities and in particular for our thriving tourism sector.

“I have no doubt the construction of on-road cycleways and installation of tourist facilities will ensure a better experience for those visiting and in turn result in more opportunities for local tourism operators.”

“$16.7 million is not a small amount of money, but this project is worth so much more in terms of the benefits to the locals who use this road and the visitors who will notice the difference of qualityinfrastructure,” Cr Moore added.

“It is a fantastic example of the cohesion and cooperation that exists across the borders of our local government areas for the benefits of our residents and businesspeople.

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnson and Singleton mayor Sue Moore

“It also shows thedeep understanding of the economic benefits of this beautiful Hunter wine country.

“No doubt we will continue to work together to achieve outcomes for our communities into the future.”

Ms Moore acknowledged the work of contract company KCE, which completed the works 11 weeks ahead of schedule and under-budget, as well as John Martin, who was the Singleton mayor when the project began.

Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association chairman George Souris, who emceed the opening, was also acknowledged as the former Upper Hunter MP who helped kick startthe project.

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