More local roads to be fixed in the regions
The NSW Government will help turbocharge efforts by local councils to upgrade the roads communities use every day, with applications now open for Round 4 of the Fixing Local Roads program.
Acting Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said hundreds of millions of dollars was already rolling out to help regional councils right across the State to upgrade local road networks.
“Regional communities are already reaping the benefits of this program, with $547 million out the door for 498 projects in the first three rounds - 203 are already open to traffic and a further 295 in the planning and construction phases,” Mr Toole said.
“These are small projects making a big difference to the trips people make every day to get to work, school and home again.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the latest round of funding can be directed towards fixing potholes and general road maintenance on local roads. This comes as the Government works around the clock to return the regional road network back to community standards after recent extreme weather events.
“NSW has certainly had its fair share of natural disasters and extreme weather, and while we cannot control Mother Nature, we can control our response by improving the standard of our local road network,” Mr Farraway said.
“We have already funded almost 500 Fixing Local Roads projects across 95 regional councils, reducing the maintenance burden on local councils which are responsible for maintaining well over 85 per cent of the state’s 180,000-kilometre road network.
“After 16 years, the former Labor Government left NSW with a $30 billion infrastructure backlog, our Government is building our way forward with a $19.4 billion regional roads and transport infrastructure pipeline.”
Applications for Round Four are open until Friday, 9 September 2022.