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NSW Budget prioritises road upgrades for wind blades and towers to CWO REZ

In the recent NSW State Budget, the Government set aside $128.5 million to upgrade roads from the Port of Newcastle to Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) to support the transport of wind turbine blades, towers and other heavy equipment.

The funding was announced as part of the NSW budget’s $3.5 billion commitment to climate change and energy spending.

The upgrades will initially prioritise the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone route near Dubbo from the Port of Newcastle. Wind turbine blades that are as long as 80 metres require complex transport logistics and manoeuvring, usually at night, and this will require upgrading some of the roads.

In total,  $3.1 billion has also been allocated by the NSW State Government to deliver the State’s REZs, which are modern-day power stations where new wind and solar power is generated, stored and transmitted across the state. The REZs will ensure NSW has reliable and affordable electricity as the old coal-fired power stations retire.

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