Work starts on Doctors Creek Bridge at Narrabri

Media release

The NSW Government will start erosion repair work under Doctors Creek Bridge on the Newell Highway in Narrabri in the first week of February.

Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries said the $1 million project, funded under the State Roads and Assets Natural Disasters program will repair the creek bed which was damaged during flooding.
“Work to repair the area is scheduled to start under the bridge on Monday 2 February and be completed by mid-year, weather permitting,” Mr Humphries said.
“The creek bed was eroded by flood water which has also caused some damage to the bridge.
“As part of the repair work the creek bed will be lined with rock to protect the bridge piers and abutments against future flood damage.

“The work aims to improve safety for the more than 5000 vehicles that use this bridge daily, including about 1200 heavy vehicles.”

Mr Humphries said while there will be no delays to traffic because the work is under the bridge, there will be an increase in heavy vehicle traffic entering and exiting the work site from Segol and Maitland streets.

Work will be carried out on weekdays from 7am to 5pm, weather permitting.

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For most schools in Barwon the 2015 school year starts this week.  I would like to wish all students and teachers a wonderful year, in particular for those kindergarten kids just starting their journey of education.  It’s a good opportunity to remind motorists that school zones will be once again enforced and to be alert while driving in these areas.  The NSW Government has put a lot of resources behind rural and regional schools in recent years and we are looking to see the benefits of that funding reach fruition.  64 Early Childhood Teaching Scholarships were awarded to educators in rural and remote areas, as well as up to 50 new Teach.Rural Scholarships.  180 rural and remote schools will have access to an instructional leader to improve the quality of literacy and numeracy teaching and of course, $201 million in equity funding has gone to support the additional learning needs of school students in rural and remote locations.  With this kind of support, Barwon students have the opportunity to extend their full capability and reach their goals.


I was pleased to see new figures showing that smart planning has paved the way for a potential 34,000 new jobs across regional NSW.  Every regional NSW Council now has a standard planning scheme, which ensures the same rules apply across councils to make it easier for people to move or start a business in any part of NSW.  This is a smart way to slash red tape and make the planning system simpler and more efficient for businesses to start up and create new jobs.  The plans have identified land for thousands of new homes near services and infrastructure, on top of more land to give small business and commercial operators opportunity to grow and generate new jobs across the State.  Across regional NSW land rezoned for potential jobs growth includes 138 hectares rezoned for new employment lands in Narrabri and Boggabri that will support up to 2700 jobs and an additional 400 hectares and around 400 jobs for large-scale mining and transport-related industrial uses in Broken Hill.  For more information go to


The Small Biz Bus will be back in Barwon next week and I would like to encourage local small businesses to take advantage of the expert business advice on offer.

Having the Small Biz Bus here gives local business operators a great opportunity to get high quality advice and find out what services are available to assist them in the longer term.  The Small Biz Bus is a mobile advisory and information service for small businesses in NSW. It is funded by the NSW Government and managed by the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner.

The bus will visit:

–       Monday, 2nd February: Trangie, in front of the Trangie Hotel between 9am and 3pm

–       Tuesday, 3rd February: Tottenham, in front of the Memorial Hall between 9am and 3pm

–       Wednesday, 4th February: Condobolin, at Renown Park between 9am and 3pm.

Small Business owners can access the support of expert advisers on the Small Biz Bus free of charge. Further to this initial visit, small business owners can engage these expert advisers on an ongoing basis.  I am really pleased that we have this service available to help ensure our small businesses get the support they need to thrive, which is essential to keeping the local economy strong.  To book an appointment on the Bus or to speak to your local Small Biz Connect advisor, visit


After spending a wonderful day in the Lachlan Shire yesterday for Australia Day, this week my Ministerial duties will see me in Orange and Mudgee for some announcements.  On Thursday I will head back to the Electorate for a function in Narrabri before spending time in Wee Waa on Friday.


To another week of strong cattle prices across the region.  Despite an increase of cattle going to market, it seems the market is continuing to hold strong.  Let’s hope this, coupled with the rain forecast today and tomorrow, provides some relief for graziers across the area who are feeling the pinch of the prolonged dry weather.