8th February 2019
Photo: Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie with Dungog Shire Council Mayor Cr Tracy Norman discuss the revitalisation plans for Dowling Street
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has been briefed on Dungog Shire Council’s plans to revitalise Dowling Street and upgrade two of the shire’s bridges on the local road network.
Dr Gillespie met with Mayor Tracy Norman, General Manager Coralie Nichols and Assets & Facilities Manager Michelle Viola to discuss the current process taking place to upgrade Dungog’s main street.
“I’m delighted that council is embarking on this important project given the number of locals who have raised with me the need for further revitalisation and beautification work in the centre of Dungog,” Dr Gillespie said.
“I’m pleased Council has begun its community consultation process to come up with different design ideas on improving Dowling Street and I’m certainly looking at funding programmes at the Federal level which may assist Council get on and make Dungog CBD and even brighter place to be,” Dr Gillespie said.
Dr Gillespie said he would support Council’s funding applications under the Federal Coalition Government’s Bridges Renewal programme to assist with the upgrade of Tillegra Bridge and Summer Hill Road Bridge.
“Council is proposing to replace Tillegra Bridge at a cost of $2,094,440 and also replace the Summer Hill Road Bridge at a cost of $705,548,” Dr Gillespie said.
“There are a number of funding rounds for the bridges renewal and all a fairly competitive, but I’ve given Council an undertaking that I will raise the two proposals with the Minister for Infrastructure and outline the importance of the two projects,” he added.