Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is pleased to announce that 13 projects worth more than $21 million are rolling out under the latest round of the Australian and NSW Governments’ accelerated Fixing Local Roads program.
Safer journeys are on the way across Western NSW, with 13 projects worth more than $21 million rolling out under the latest round of the Australian and NSW Governments’ accelerated Fixing Local Roads program to improve local roads and create thousands of local jobs in the regions.
Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton said the latest round of Fixing Local Roads funding would help local councils tackle the increasing amount of work required to provide safe roads for their communities.
“The $243.6 million first round of the program last year is delivering 38 projects across the Parkes electorate, and now we’re building on that with a further $150 million in round two,” Mr Coulton said.
“One of the biggest projects under the second round will be the upgrade of Jobs Gate Road, with Brewarrina Shire Council receiving $5 million to undertake a seal extension.
“Bourke Shire Council has also received major funding, with $4.9 million to complete sealing of six roads in the shire, while Cobar Shire Council has welcomed $2.8 million for the sealing of Wilga Downs Road.
“A reliable road network is so important for our communities in the bush, so it’s great that the Federal Government has turbocharged the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program by committing $191 million last year.”
Other projects to receive funding across Western NSW include:
- Bogan Shire Council – Pangee Street resurfacing – $974,783
- Broken Hill City Council – Comstock Street and Piper Street Intersection and Comstock Street and Hebbard Street rehabilitation – $397,613
- Broken Hill City Council – Galena Street heavy patching and reconstruction – $150,075
- Coonamble Shire Council – Carinda Road patching and sealing – $569,943
- Gilgandra Shire Council – Berida Bullagreen Road rehabilitation – $301,070
- Lachlan Shire Council – Merribogie Road widen and reseal – $1,260,000
- Narrabri Shire Council – Doreen Lane rehabilitation – $1,641,944
- Walgett Shire Council – Lorne Road reconstruction and sealing – $2,070,000
- Warren Shire Council – Ellengerah Road rehabilitation – $698,771
- Warrumbungle Shire Council – Tongy Lane rehabilitation – $272,513
NSW Upper House MP Sam Farraway said that it was great to be able to work with the Federal Government to deliver these vital upgrades to local roads.
“NSW has a road network of more than 180,000 kilometres in length, and it is understandably a real challenge for our rural and regional councils to effectively manage and maintain their road assets,” Mr Farraway said.
“This program won’t just ease the burden of maintenance for local councils, but it will deliver safer, more reliable journeys for our communities across Western NSW.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Round 2 of the Fixing Local Roads Program would fund more than 100 new road upgrades across the state, creating more than 1000 jobs.
“Safe, reliable roads are essential for communities in regional New South Wales – by improving roads, we are making a big difference to people’s lives in ensuring they get home sooner and safer,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The funding will improve the safety of roads in local communities, including repairing, patching, maintaining and sealing local roads.
“We know improved roads are crucial to regional communities – the more than 100 successful road projects announced today will play a big role in helping residents and businesses recover from the effects of bushfires, drought, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
State Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the $191 million Australian Government funding commitment in June last year was on top of the $500 million from the NSW Government, building upon the vision for a safer, stronger regional NSW.
“We’re injecting even more funding into the roads in the bush that communities depend on, which means a safer and smoother journey for everyone,” Mr Toole said.
“Better maintained roads mean safer trips to school, to work and to the shops – and the NSW Government is committed to helping councils to create and support jobs, drive productivity and keep our regional communities connected.
“Big infrastructure projects might create a lot of headlines but these are small projects that make a big difference in people’s everyday lives.”
Round 1 of the Fixing Local Roads Program saw $243.6 million of joint funding allocated to 253 projects in 83 Local Government Areas, and Round 2 will see $150 million allocated to more than 100 road projects in 90 Local Government Areas.
All successful projects will be completed within two years to ensure local communities see the benefits as quickly as possible.
Applications for Round 2 of the program were open from 2 November until 11 December 2020.
Guidelines and a factsheet for Round 2 of Fixing Local Roads can be found here for the Fixing Local Roads Program.