Cessnock Council requests update on progress of Federal Government funding for Testers Hollow

Cessnock Council will write to federal infrastructure minister Darren Chester to request an update on the government’s $15 million election promise to upgrade Testers Hollow.

The Liberal Party made the funding announcement during the 2016 election campaign, trumping the $10 million pledge Labor made just days earlier.

In a notice of motion at Wednesday’s meeting, Cr Darrin Gray asked the general manager to “inquire to the Minister for Infrastructure for a progress report on what has been achieved to date with this $15 million allocation and when is it likely to see some physical progress on the ground”.

Council will also write to federal MPs Meryl Swanson (Paterson) and Joel Fitzgibbon (Hunter) regarding Testers Hollow.

The major link road connecting the two electorates has been flooded four times since June 2007 – including a 17-day closure after the April 2015 super storm.

Fairfax Media revealed earlier this week that plans to flood-proof Testers Hollow were shelved by the NSW Government just three months before the super storm.

The opposition has renewed calls for the government to find a solution to flood problems at the troubled spot. Meanwhile, the government says its investigation into the problems is ongoing.

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