Underground power coming to Whitbread Industrial Estate

Published on 29 September 2022

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The NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies Fund will provide more than $1.2 million to MidCoast Council to remove overhead power lines and install underground power between the Whitbread Industrial Estate and the Manning River.

The $1,219,900 grant is from the $500 million Growing Local Economies Fund, part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which improve the productivity and competitiveness of the state under Restart NSW.

“By converting to underground wiring, there will be improved reliability, safety, capacity and vehicle access,” said Council’s Executive Manager Transport and Engineering, Peter Gesling.

“It will also allow the transport of over-height loads out of the estate.”

“This is an important step to promote economic growth and increased productivity for businesses based there.”

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said work will begin in October and the improvements will be a huge win for local businesses.

“A number of highly specialised and niche products and vessels are produced for national and international defence sector customers within the estate and removing these literal roadblocks will allow businesses and others to expand their offerings,” Mr Bromhead said.

“This work will give local businesses the power to attract new customers, which will provide a great boost to the local economy and support the creation of new jobs, which provides flow on benefits to suppliers and the community.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the $500 million Growing Local Economies fund has helped activate regional economies since its launch in 2017. 

“This fund is designed to unlock growth in our regions by backing investment-ready infrastructure projects that help companies improve productivity, expand business operations and boost employment,” Mr Toole said.

“This project is exactly what the Growing Local Economies fund is intended to deliver and I look forward to seeing the economic benefits it will produce for the region.” 

The works will involve part of Whitbread Industrial Estate, between Elizabeth Avenue and River Street, Taree, including Whitbread Street, Macquarie Street, Wynter Street and Florence Street.

Work is expected to start early October and expected finish late December, weather permitting.

Part-road closures and local detours will be in place. Please follow signs and directions from traffic controllers.

Council contractors are working with businesses in the industrial state to minimise the impact of power outages.

The $500 million Growing Local Economies Fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which improve the productivity and competitiveness of the state under Restart NSW.

Council contractors are working with businesses in the industrial estate to minimise the impact of power outages.