Hundreds of additional roads across regional NSW will receive funding for vital work to improve journeys for regional communities, farmers and shipping.
John Barilaro, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional NSW, and Paul Toole, Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, today announced the 3rd Phase of the NSW Government’s Repairing Local Roads programme.
“Our government is investing in local infrastructure that our regional communities rely on, and today’s announcement extends a helping hand to councils across NSW’s rural and regional context to realize projects that really matter,” said Barilaro.
“Under this program, hundreds of millions of dollars flow to regional councils, providing safer journeys for families and improving the freight network in the forest.
“This fund will deliver more than 130 additional road projects across regional NSW, easing the burden on local councils and creating hundreds of jobs in rural and regional NSW when they are needed most.”
Mr Toole said Local Road Repair has already delivered more than $394 million for 361 projects in 91 regional Local Government Areas, from Armidale to Albury, in the first two rounds.
“Communities across the state are enjoying the benefits of this program, with 97 projects currently open to traffic – and today’s announcement will see councils deliver 138 more projects over the next two years,” said Mr Toole.
“These projects will not only enable local people to see the benefits of this investment every time they get behind the wheel, but will also create 1,374 more jobs throughout construction.
“Small projects like this will not only make a big difference to the roads locals use every day, but will also support the domestic tourist market when our areas reopen.”
Repairing Local Roads is a $500 million NSW Government program supported by the Commonwealth Government with an additional $191 million injection in the first two rounds. More information can be found at nswroads.work/fixinglocalroads.