The NSW State Government has a number of funding methods to assist Local Councils in management of their Regional Road infrastructure. Roads and Maritime Services administers this funding through a number of programs including the Regional Road Block Grant.
Roads and Maritime provides block grants to Council as a contribution towards the cost of works on Regional Roads, under the terms of the Block Grant Agreement. Block Grants may be spent on preservation, restoration and enhancement works to the extent provided for in the Block Grant Agreement.
Every council has entitlement to an annual block grant. The grant comprises a roads component and a supplementary component (both available for works on Regional Roads) and a traffic facilities component (which may be spent on works on Regional Roads as well as traffic facilities on Local Roads).
The Block Grant is paid quarterly, subject to councils’ execution of the Block Grant Agreement. While an initial payment can be made concurrent with issue of the Agreement (for execution by Council), the October and subsequent payments are conditional upon receipt of:
A signed “Block Grant Agreement” for the current year, and
Completed Schedules 3 and 4A from the previous year’s Agreement.
Local Government Fact Sheet 2 - Block grant program