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Industry leaders show support for M1 extension to Raymond Terrace


Almost 100 business and industry leaders have thrown their support behind the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace.

The big showing of regional principals converged on the Hexham Bowling Club this week to attend a two-briefing on the $2.1 billion project.

The development will provide a 15-kilometre augmentation of the M1 from Black Hill to Raymond Terrace, including a 2.6-kilometre-long bridge over the New England Highway and Hunter River.

Wednesday’s forum also gave the local contingent an opportunity to learn how they could help deliver the Black Hill to Tomago section.

Transport for NSW regional director north Anna Zycki said the extension would transform the way people moved to and from the Hunter.

“It was encouraging to witness so many business and industry leaders wanting to be involved,” she stated.

“More than $3 billion of projects are being funded by the Australian and NSW governments across the Hunter at the moment.

“So, we’re excited to see the benefits flow to the region and beyond, during construction and after.

“The project team, together with the joint venture partner John Holland Gamuda, hosted the event to outline how businesses could participate in the process.

“The response was fantastic and shows how much interest there is locally.”

The briefing included a high-level overview of the Black Hill to Tomago project, an introduction to contractor and construction staging, as well as the Industry Capability Network gateway and registration, skills legacy and Aboriginal participation, together with a Q&A session.

“This development will benefit local business and industry for years to come,” Ms Zycki said.

“They’ll be able to contract for work during construction and pick up skills along the way that will help them bid for other projects in the future.

“It was terrific to witness so many here who were eager to be involved.

“And, we hope to see them do so when major construction work starts later this year.”

The extension is expected to be open to traffic in 2028.

The Australian Government and NSW Government are jointly funding the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace on an 80:20 basis.

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