Bolivia Hill - New England Highway

The Australian and NSW governments have committed funding for planning and building the proposed Bolivia Hill upgrade.

Bolivia Hill - New England Highway - Artist's impression
Bolivia Hill - New England Highway - Artist's impression

Updates and announcements

Contract awarded to build the new road

The contract was recently awarded to joint venture Georgian Group Pty Ltd and SRG Civil PTY LTD as the successful tenderer to carry out the upgrade to improve safety and journey reliability for road users.

The community will be kept informed about when work is expected to start on the upgrade over coming months.

Bolivia Wattle seed collection

Seedlings of the rare and endangered Bolivia Hill Wattle have been collected and delivered to Mount Annan Botanic Gardens for preservation. The unique wattle was identified during the review of environmental factors for the planned upgrade of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill.

The discovery provided an opportunity for Roads and Maritime Services to work with the local community to gather and store seeds. Five people from the Inverell Aboriginal Men’s Group were trained to monitor the wattle to ensure the seeds were suitable for collection and then later, planting.

The wattle is unique to the area, growing only between Bolivia Hill and Glen Innes and Tenterfield, so it’s important to preserve it for future generations.

Project background

The preferred route for the upgrade of Bolivia Hill was confirmed in February 2014. You can view or download the Bolivia Hill Preferred Route Option Report.

The preferred route for the Bolivia Hill upgrade will:

  • Improve road safety
  • Improve road transport productivity, efficiency and reliability of travel
  • Minimise the impact on the natural, cultural and built environment
  • Provide value for money.
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