A New Year and a looming State election provide an opportunity for the NSW Government to finally make some commitments to addressing the Upper Hunter's key highway issues.
The Singleton and Muswellbrook by-passes, and the solution to Scone's level railway crossing problem are all being held up by State Government procrastination, indecision and haggling over funding shares.
It's now coming up to three years since the former Federal Labor Government allocated $45 million to address the Scone problem. Yet we are still waiting for the State Government to make a decision on the preferred solution.
More than $10 million has been on offer to NSW to bring the Muswellbrook by-pass to "shovel ready" status but the project can't move forward due to NSW Government intransigence.
The Singleton by-pass has been unable to move beyond "concept" stage due to a lack of State Government enthusiasm.
On roads, there is no Happy New Year so far for Upper Hunter residents.