Backing the Bush: $3.7 billion for regional roads

26 November 2014

Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Roads Minister Duncan Gay have today visited the Newell Highway at Parkes which will be a centrepiece of the $3.7 billion for regional roads as part of the Rebuilding NSW infrastructure plan.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are ensuring regional NSW gets its fair share,” Mr Grant said.

“We have put communities across regional NSW in the driving seat of our government, investing in the areas that need it most.

“They have told us, the key to ensuring growth is building and upgrading country roads, so $2 billion will go towards a Regional Road Freight Corridor Program for upgrades on the Newell, Golden, New England and Great Western Highways.

“Over $500 million is earmarked for the Newell for additional overtaking lanes, upgrades between Narrabri and Moree, Mungleback Creek to Boggabilla, widening between Coonabaran Narrabri, bypasses for Parkes and Coonabarabran and other works.

“Better roads are safer roads and for too long our communities have had to put up with substandard roads,” Mr Grant said.

Mr Gay said improving productivity in our regional economies, especially our agricultural and resources sectors, will improve job security.

“This is about planning for the future with the amount of freight travelling in NSW almost set to double by 2031,” Mr Gay said.

“I’m thrilled we’re also expanding the highly successful Fixing Country Roads and Bridges for the Bush programs with another $700 million boost which will see far reaching benefits across our great state,” Mr Gay said.

Member for Orange Andrew Gee said the investment in critical roads was about building for the future of regional NSW.

“Communities in my electorate have been crying out for better roads and we have delivered more than $15 billion for roads, bridges and culverts since coming into office but more needs to be done.

“With significant upgrades now underway or on the books for the Newell, Great Western and Mitchell Highways and a boost in funding for council controlled roads this is a great time to live and work in the Central West,” Mr Gee said.


Media: Blake Hardy 0413 378 770 (Deputy Premier)

Siobhan McCarthy 0407 791 802 (Minister Gay)

Orange Electorate Office 6362 5199 (Andrew Gee)

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