Drought relief heavy vehicle access program

The NSW Government has introduced more than $1 billion to support farmers and their families through worsening drought conditions.

Drought relief heavy vehicle access program

The Drought Relief Heavy Vehicle Access Program has been introduced and offers an additional $15 million toward the cost of maintenance and minor improvement work on council roads and roadsides, where those improvements will contribute to heavy vehicle access, in support of the drought relief freight task.

Roads and Maritime will contribute up to $300,000 per council for all projects. Submissions are merit based and assessed by an evaluation panel consisting of representatives from Roads and Maritime and Local Government NSW.

Work that will be considered, but not limited to, include:

  • shoulder repairs and improvements such as widening to address edge-break and edge drop-off. May be sealed or unsealed,
  • heavy patching,
  • seals that contribute to minimising long term maintenance costs,
  • pavement rehabilitation,
  • grading of unsealed roads to reduce roughness and rutting,
  • tree trimming to improve access for 4.6 metre high vehicles,
  • installing infrastructure monitoring equipment and/or facilities, and
  • signage.

Please refer to the guidelines for further information.

Submitting an application for funding

Applications for funding are to be submitted by email to Roads and Maritime at roadfreight@rms.nsw.gov.au and include, at a minimum, a completed copy of the Drought Relief Heavy Vehicle Access Program application form including the estimating template and any additional and relevant supporting evidence.

Applicants will receive advice on within 28 days from the date of submission.

For further information on the program, please contact your Roads and Maritime Services regional office.


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