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Investing over $200 million in Regional NSW

The electorate of Barwon has today received a cash injection of over $30 million by the NSW Government to improve five regional roads.

Visiting Narrabri, Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today announced $31.8 million as part of the Fixing Country Roads program.

The NSW government has announced $21.3 million in funding to Brewarrina Shire Council for massive construction and sealing of 96 kilometres of Goodooga Road.

“This is a huge project for locals in the area and those using it as a freight corridor,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This is a one-way trip saving of $200 in fuel and one hour in time – the efficiency and economic benefits will really add up for operators.

“Along with the construction and sealing of this 96km road, two bridges will also be replaced along this route.”

The NSW Government also provided funding for:

  • $1 million in funding to Cobar Shire Council which will see the 11.8 kilometres of gravel between two sealed sections of the Grain Road upgraded;
  • $1.9 million in funding for the Coonamble Shire and Warren Shire Councils to upgrade Warren Road;
  • $5.4 million in funding for Walgett Shire Council for the upgrade of the remaining 25 kilometres of the unsealed Bugilbone Road, and
  • $2 million in funding for the Narrabri Shire Council to upgrade over 20 kilometres of Pilliga Road between Pilliga and Wee Waa. The old Dubbo Creek and Brigalow

Creek Bridges will also be replaced through the Restart NSW Timber Bridge Replacement Program.

Mr Barilaro says he was excited to continue investment in both regional infrastructure and country NSW.

“It’s more than a road, it’s more than a train line, it’s about making sure that primary producers earn more money for their clean, green produce and small businesses continue to employ people in regional areas,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Barwon is the largest electoral district in the state, covering 44 per cent of the land mass of NSW. So to be able to deliver practical and cost effective improvements to major roads means that our farmers are safer on the roads, spending less time in transit, and more produce is being delivered to ports.”

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said these infrastructure improvements would allow further growth in grain production, which has already doubled in the past 10 years.

“This infrastructure investment means communities like Barwon that produces around 1.8 million tonnes of grain a year, and regions of Narrabri and Wee Waa which produce about 250,000 tonnes of cotton, can thrive with the help of the NSW Government.”

The first two rounds of ‘Fixing Country Roads’ has so far provided $90 million in funding for 138 projects across Regional NSW.

The funding for these five projects was additional funding to the Fixing Country Roads program to help facilitate priority projects.

Mr Humphries said better regional roads leads to stronger local economies, stronger employment opportunities and ultimately stronger communities.

“We are committed to providing high quality service to our regional customers and are getting on with the job of providing improvements and upgrades across our freight transport networks,” he said.

More information about Fixing Country Roads

This website includes a map were the community can view the progress of projects in their local area.

Last updated: 12 May 2017