Golden Highway Corridor Strategy Release


23-Mar-2016

Golden Highway Corridor Strategy Release

Chair of Regional Development Orana, John Walkom has welcomed the release of the Golden Highway Draft Corridor Strategy and congratulates the NSW government on its initiative to commit to and deliver the region shaping strategy.  

Mr Walkom said, “The highway is known as the Golden Highway because it links western and north western NSW' rich economic base of agriculture and resources to the east coast and port. The highway is an integral part to the future growth of inland NSW.  Dubbo as the largest regional city on the highway will play a critical part in the future growth of both the region and the highway.”

John said the work on this project dated back to the NSW Government Community Cabinet meeting held in Dubbo early in 2013, followed by Regional Development planning and engagement and then the launch by Deputy Premier The Hon Andrew Stoner MP at Parliament House of The Golden Highway Strategic Corridor Report, Linking the Hunter and Orana Regions. The report was commissioned jointly by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana and RDA Hunter.

Mr. Walkom said, “RDA Orana and RDA Hunter jointly looked at ways to further strengthen both economies and recognised the critical role that infrastructure such as the Golden Highway played. We explored opportunities presenting to the regions for the privatised Port of Newcastle and airport links as well as tourism and concluded that the focus had to be on the Golden Highway Corridor.”

“For the Hunter and Orana regions, the development focus remains on future planning, supporting and encouraging businesses to capitalise on the growth of industry while improving infrastructure networks and connection between the Newcastle Port and its hinterland and western catchment areas,” 

“We are looking forward to working with all stakeholders along the Highway as the upgrades roll out and identify new opportunities to increase export capacity through the Port of Newcastle, as a long-term driver of regional economic sustainability and to streamline the delivery of freight,” he said.

“Infrastructure upgrades that can enable and support growth of key industries such as the agriculture and resources sectors are imperative to the growth and long term sustainability of our region’s economy. Even more than this, such upgrades can support broader efforts to better connect regional NSW to the rest of Australia and to the world,” John said.

 

Media contact:

RDA Orana CEO Felicity Taylor-Edwards, (02) 6885 1488


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