New brdgeat Matland named
$500,000 boost or new Tamworth Helcopter Base
Premer Krstna Keneall joned the local commnt to celebrate the ofcal namngceremon o the new brdge at Matland. Ths s part o the $65 mllon Thrd HnterRver Crossng project, an mportant pece o nrastrctre or the regon.
Premer Krstna Keneall opened the new $2.3 mllon resce helcopter base atTamworth Arport and annonced a rther $500,000 to assst wth addtonal pgrades.
“The new 350-metre brdges abot delverng realmprovements to trafcmovement arond the Matlandarea,” Premer Keneall sad.
Ms Keneally said the third crossingo the Hunter River will reducecongestion on Belmore Bridgein Maitland and provide analternative route to the heritage-listed Morpeth Bridge. This will save drivers 10,500kilometres travel every day by 2016and cut greenhouse gasses byabout 2.5 tonnes a day. The bridge will be named ater well-known local identity and long-timeresident o Maitland, Harry Boyle,ondly known as “Mr History” dueto his passion or studying andremembering the past.Local MP Frank Terenzini said theHarry Boyle Bridge is expected tobe open to trafc beore Christmasthis year once fnal road works arecomplete, several months aheado schedule.
The Tamworth resce helcopterperorms search and resceoperatons, attends car accdentsand transports crtcal patents tohosptals n Tamworth, Newcastleand Sdne.
Since the Tamworth helicopterservice started in 2000, it hasfown more than 1,600 missions.It attends more than 100 motorvehicle accidents each year.The Westpac Rescue Serviceraised the money or the dedicatedbase at Tamworth Airport.This will provide better emergencyresponses in the New Englandand North West regions.The new Tamworth acility includesa brand new hanger or thehelicopter, sta training rooms,oces, kitchen and crew quarters.This year alone, the NSWGovernment will provide$4 million to the Hunter NewEngland Westpac RescueHelicopter service, so they candeliver their vital services.The additional $500,000 grant romthe State Government will ensureurther upgrades to the acility atTamworth Airport, including a fightplanning centre, new engineeringacility and the tting out o the newbuilding.
Premier KristinaKeneallyat the openingof thenew$2.3millionrescuehelicopterbasefacilitiesatTamworthAirport.
PremierKristinaKeneallyandMemberforMaitlandFrankTerenzini atthe naming oftheHarryBoyle Bridge.