'On the Grapevine' with Jo Thomas: week commencing January 9, 2017

Cessnock and Singleton Councils have ensured the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association that it is a priority to minimise the impact on visitors, businesses and residences in Wine Country throughout the completion of the $17.1 million Hermitage Road upgrade and cycleway project.

UPGRADE: Representatives of Cessnock City Council, Singleton Shire Council and Pokolbin businesses at the site of the Hermitage Road works on Tuesday. Picture: Cessnock City Council

UPGRADE: Representatives of Cessnock City Council, Singleton Shire Council and Pokolbin businesses at the site of the Hermitage Road works on Tuesday. Picture: Cessnock City Council

In particular, roadworks during the 2017 vintage period and will include the following:

1. No temporary full road closures (both road lanes) on the project.

2. During workdays (Monday to Friday, including selected Saturdays): One way traffic past the immediate construction zones, with traffic control in place (typically traffic lights).

3. During nights: Two way traffic as normal for Singleton LGA and Cessnock LGA works will result in single lane travel past the worksite. This traffic control is required due to different construction methods being used by Cessnock City Council i.e. full pavement construction.

From January to July 2017, work will take place in the area north of Ironbark Hill Road and the Hunter Expressway under the above three conditions.

Both councils will continue to work with residents when scheduling works in front of driveways and ensure that alternative access is being maintained to properties at all times.

The Hermitage Road upgrade is currently tracking very well against schedule, approximately one month ahead and weather permitting, all onsite construction works should be complete in July 2017.

Giant waterslide festival to launch in the Hunter Valley

The event appropriately named Slideapalooza is set to transfer Calais Estate Winery into a summer waterslide festival, the first event of its kind that the world has ever seen.

With over 45,000 interested on the social media event pages, the event is expected to sell out fast as the event capacity is capped at 10,000 sliders over the four day festival.

The event has partnered up with Tour de Cure and will use the event and its world record-beating slide to raise money for the charity organisation which spreads its ‘be fit, be healthy, be happy’ message to school children around the country.

A fantastic event for the whole family here in the heart of the Hunter Valley. For more information visit the website www.slideapalooza.com.

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