A re-elected Liberal and Nationals’ Government will fund an upgrade to the Warren Road with $1.93 million, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced.
Mr Coulton said the project is a joint initiative between Coonamble Shire Council and Warren Shire Council.
“I am pleased to have secured a commitment from my Federal colleagues that this vital local project will be funded with $1.93 million under a re-elected Coalition Government,” Mr Coulton said.
“Both Coonamble Shire Council and Warren Shire Council have brought this project to my attention. This is an important road connecting the townships of Coonamble and Warren, as well as other local villages.
“This is another exciting roads infrastructure project for the Parkes electorate that the Coalition Government will progress in the next term of government.”
The news follows Mr Coulton’s announcement that a re-elected Liberal and Nationals’ Government will fund an upgrade to the Tooraweenah Road east of Coonamble, with $22.962 million under the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.
A re-elected Coalition Government will also spend up to $6 million on three new heavy vehicle rest stops on the Newell Highway in the north-west of New South Wales between Coonabarabran and Narrabri, and between Moree and Boggabilla.
Mr Coulton said the Coalition’s additional $2.2 billion road safety package will offer many benefits for the Parkes electorate.
“I am proud to be part of a Government that is committed to playing its part in getting Australians get home safely from every journey on our roads,” Mr Coulton said.
“The Coalition Government has announced an additional $1.1 billion in funding for local governments under the Roads to Recovery program, as well as an extra $550 million for the successful Black Spot Program, which targets known high-risk locations and reduces serious crashes by 30 per cent on average.
“We will deliver a further $571.1 million to improve the safety and efficiency of heavy vehicle operations through the Bridges Renewal Program, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiatives (HVSI).”
Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said that investing in key infrastructure in regional Australia across Australia brings benefits to all.
“This investment is yet another part of the Liberal and Nationals’ vision to get people home sooner and safer, no matter where they live,” Mr McCormack said.
“By making our transport network more efficient, local businesses have more money to invest in their operations, creating more jobs and providing a vital shot in the arm for agriculture and small business, which are so important to the region.
“We are able to make these important investments in community infrastructure because of our responsible economic management that will deliver a budget surplus.”
The additional $2.2 billion in roads funding builds on the Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government’s current investment of around $2.6 billion in safety-enhancing projects, bringing the total investment to $3.1 billion per year over the period 2019–20 to 2022–23.