State government money will be injected into the Upper Hunter in the coming year to improve infrastructure.
The recently-released NSW budget has provided funding to upgrade roads and for minor maintenance of schools.
Local member George Souris was pleased with the money apportioned.
“Despite the 2012/13 NSW budget being a fiscally-tight one, it is a budget that delivered for the Upper Hunter electorate,” he said.
More than $73million is to be spent fixing roads in the Upper Hunter electorate and some of that is destined to reach the Upper Hunter Shire.
The largest portion of this money has been designated for the replacement of the Aberdeen Bridge along the New England Highway.
In total, $13 million is to be spent on the construction of the new bridge.
A sum of $3.759 million is to be spent on pavement rebuilding on the Golden Highway west of Merriwa, and $1.869 million on pavement rebuilding on the New England Highway north of Murrurundi.
Significant money has been set aside to pay for the restoration of roads damaged in natural disasters, with other money being spent on maintenance of traffic lights and signs.
Federally-funded money has been given for the Scone rail overbridge study. In total $600,000 has been dedicated to this feasibility study.
$180,000 has been set aside for upgrades of Scone and Singleton train stations.
Funding has also been provided for minor maintenance of schools.
Scone High School is set to receive $17,070, Scone Public School $11,200, Merriwa Central School $8480 and Aberdeen Public School $5471.