NSW Councils embrace Fixing Country Roads
Tuesday 5 August 2014
Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole today announced more than 90 regional councils had submitted Expressions of Interest for the NSW Government’s $37.5 million Fixing Country Roads.
“We’re delighted a large number of regional councils have worked closely with their communities and industries to submit bids for important local road projects,” Mr Stoner said.
“It is a competitive process, so it is important councils demonstrate how a road project will benefit productivity and economic growth by getting goods from paddock to port quicker.”
Mr Gay said Fixing Country Roads would identify, prioritise and fund projects to help eliminate connectivity constraints – or ‘last mile’ problems – on council-owned and managed roads.
“The aim of Fixing Country Roads is to improve freight productivity, such as better access of high productivity vehicles to key intermodal sites including sale yards, abattoirs, feedlots, fuel depots, supermarket distribution centres and silos on grain rail lines,” Mr Gay said.
Mr Toole said the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has committed more than $1.55 billion since April 2011 to help councils across the state – both city and country – build and repair their roads, bridges and culverts.
“The 2014-15 NSW Budget provides $267.6 million for councils, including Block and Regional Roads REPAIR grants; a massive 42 per cent increase compared with $188.2 million in 2009-10 – Labor’s last full financial year in government,” said Mr Toole.
As part of the 2014 Fixing Country Roads program, more than 80 councils attended information sessions across NSW, including Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Batemans Bay, Coffs Harbour, Maitland, Tamworth, and Sydney.
Shortlisted proposals will be invited in early September to submit a full application and successful projects will be announced in late 2014.
NSW councils are also encouraged to submit applications for the Australian Government Bridges Renewal Programme and the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program Round 4, which are due on 28 August 2014.
Ben Shine 0431 096 596 (Deputy Premier)
Siobhan McCarthy 0407 791 802 (Minister Gay)
Antonia Morrow 0419 468 235 (Minister Toole)
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