More funding required following outcome of Rangari Road tender

Friday 20 May, 2022

As the quotations received for the upgrade of Rangari Road following Tamworth Regional Council’s recent call for tender were much higher than anticipated, Council will be forced to seek additional assistance from the NSW Government to be able to fund the planned upgrade.

The upgrade was scheduled to seal and widen an approximately 20 kilometre stretch of Rangari Road to improve the safety and driving conditions of the road, from 3.8 kilometres east of the Gunnedah / Tamworth LGA boundary to the Gunnedah / Narrabri LGA boundary past Wean Road.

Tamworth Region Mayor Russell Webb said that there were a number of factors that have contributed to construction quotations inflating since the project was first budgeted.

“Council has seen quotations for construction skyrocket across the board over the past 12 months, which is a result of the level of current demand in the sector right across New South Wales. In the time it has taken to become shovel ready on this project, the original budget allocated for the original scope of work is no longer going to be enough to deliver the upgrade as planned,” he said.

Tamworth Regional Council is currently engaging in discussions with the NSW Government regarding obtaining the additional funding now necessary to complete the upgrade as planned.

This project has received joint funding from the NSW Government, Gunnedah Shire Council and Tamworth Regional Council with contributions to the project so far including $12,030,305 from the NSW Government ($9,000,000 from the NSW Accelerated Regional Road Program, $1,430,305 from the NSW Resources for Regions (Gunnedah Shire Council) and $1,600,000 NSW Election Commitments), as well as $663,333 contributed by Tamworth Regional Council. This project is one of 12 regional road projects to receive a funding boost as part of the NSW Government’s $3 billion stimulus package announced in 2020. This funding is helping regional communities bounce back from the impacts of recent natural disasters like bushfires and floods as well as the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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