NSW Coalition outspends Labor on country roads

Tuesday 13 August 2013

How the NSW Coalition outspends Labor on country roads

13 years of past funding levels revealed

On the eve of Budget Estimates, Minister for Roads Duncan Gay has reminded people how Country Labor deserted country roads in NSW.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has delivered more than $15 billion for roads in our first three state budgets with $3.7 billion spent on rural and regional roads in 2011-12, approximately $3.8 billion spent in 2012-13 and $3.9 billion allocated in 2013-14,” Minister Gay said.

“These are historic levels of roads funding in a tough post-GFC environment, placing the Liberals and Nationals ‘a country mile’ ahead of NSW Labor’s dismal track record.

“Despite basking in rivers of property and land tax revenue from the mid-90s onwards, average annual funding for country roads under Labor between 2001-02 and 2010-11 was only $2.4 billion,” he said.

Funding for country roads over the last 13 financial years (since 2001-02)

Financial year Funding (billions)
2013-14 (Budget estimate) $3.90
2012-13 $3.80
2011-12 $3.70
2010-11 $3.28
2009-10 $2.87
2008-09 $3.01
2007-08 $2.71
2006-07 $2.79
2005-06 $2.10
2004-05 $2.11
2003-04 $1.95
2002-03 $1.85
2001-02 $1.54
Country Labor 10-year average $2.42

“Along with these record roads budgets, we’ve also committed an extra $135 million from Restart NSW towards ‘Bridges for the Bush’ – a $290 million works program to upgrade or replace bridges at 17 key locations across country NSW to improve road safety and freight productivity,” he said.

“Separate to Bridges for the Bush funding, we committed $157 million in 2013-14 and $123 million in 2012-13, and spent $100 million in 2011-12 for other bridge replacements, upgrades and repairs across the state,” Minister Gay said.

For 2013-14, the NSW Government has allocated approximately $239 million in grants and other payments to councils across the state. The government also provided record funding to councils for natural disaster relief of $187 million in 2011-12 and $205 million in 2012-13.

Media: Lance Northey 0467 743 192 or Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976

View the original media release (PDF).

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