Fixing Country Roads

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Project overview

Fixing Country Roads is a $543 million NSW Government program providing targeted infrastructure funding from Restart NSW for regional freight projects. Applications for truck wash-out facilities can also be made through Fixing Country Roads. Local councils can apply to repair and upgrade Local and Regional roads to facilitate the movement of freight, to key freight hubs and State Roads.

Applications for funding are now open

Fixing Country Roads provides targeted infrastructure funding from Restart NSW to improve regional freight connectivity for Local and Regional roads, truck wash upgrades and bridge and route load assessments. 

In regional NSW, outside of the Greater Sydney Area, an estimated 255 million tonnes of freight was produced in 2016 and this is expected to increase by 12 per cent to 286 million tonnes by 2036.

Economic growth in rural areas is critical to NSW to ensure the food, produce and raw materials which feed and power the state are able to move to market efficiently.

Fixing Country Roads supports jobs, growth and economic productivity of regional NSW by reducing the cost of getting goods to market.  As costs come down consumers benefit at the till of their local supermarket and exporters become more competitive.

Some examples of projects funded under Fixing Country Roads include road repair and strengthening, sealing of unsealed roads, road widening and construction of new roads. Other projects include strengthening or widening of an existing bridge, culvert replacement as well as construction of rest areas and improving flood resilience. Projects should enhance access for High Productivity Vehicles to access key freight hubs and State Roads.

These hubs might include silos, saleyards, rail heads, supermarket distribution centres, industrial parks and depots.

Applications to build new or upgrade livestock truck wash-out facilities can also be received through Fixing Country Roads. The program targets key routes to reduce the spread of weeds and disease and improve the efficiency of the livestock transport task.

Applications for Fixing Country Roads can be made at any time throughout the year by 92 regional local councils, Lord Howe Island and the Unincorporated Far West Region. These areas were defined under the Restart NSW Fund Act, and are outside of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

In this competitive program with capped funding levels, projects are prioritised with clearly articulated freight benefits and solid business cases which demonstrate sustainable growth and economic benefits.

Fixing Country Roads aligns with and complements Fixing Country Rail by improving regional freight connectivity and reducing the cost to market for regional businesses.

Fixing Country Roads and Rail map of successful projects

Locations of projects on the Fixing Country Roads interactive map can be viewed here.

Fixing Country Roads 2018 application information

Applications can be received at any time throughout the year, taking the pressure off applicants to meet set deadlines for funding rounds. The guidelines and application forms for 2018 funding are currently in review. In the interim, the criteria and application forms for Fixing Country Roads Round 3 should be used for any new applications. See below, for the links to the Program Guidelines, sample application forms and mandatory documents.

Sample forms:

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To apply applications will need to be lodged through the Freight Funding Portal.

Transport for NSW will undertake periodic assessments throughout the year by grouping batches of current applications together when a sufficient number have been received.

The number of applications in each batch will depend on a range of factors not limited to quality of applications, geographic dispersion, timing and scale of projects.

The Technical Panel and the Regional Independent Assessment Panel (RIAP) will then be convened to review the applications. This will enable a competitive assessment process to be undertaken. Infrastructure NSW will then recommend projects to the NSW Government for funding.

Round 3: 2017

In December 2017 the NSW Government announced $92 million had been made available for 67 successful projects for Round 3 of Fixing Country Roads. View the list of successful Round 3 projects.

Fixing Country Truck Washes 2016-17

In May 2017 the NSW Government announced $4.5 million had been made available for 26 successful projects under Fixing Country Truck Washes.

These funds were matched by the Australian Government. View the list of successful Truck Washes projects.

Round 2 and Round 2.5: 2015-17

In June 2016 the NSW Government announced $50 million had been made available to 64 successful projects under Round 2 and in April 2017 the NSW Government announced $63 million had been made available to 13 successful projects under Round 2.5 of Fixing Country Roads. View the list of successful Round 2 and Round 2.5 projects.

Round 1: 2014-15

In February 2015, the NSW Government announced $41 million had been made available for 74 successful projects  under Round 1 of Fixing Country Roads. View the list of successful Round 1 projects.

Grant application writing tips for applicants

Great projects sometimes miss out on funding due to a poor funding application. The following tips will assist councils with grant applications:

  • Accurately calculate project costs and articulate the benefits
  • Write clearly and persuasively and use visual content such as photos and maps
  • Seek letters of support from industry which include confirmations of freight traffic volumes and quantities, to help make the case for a project

For more tips and details on writing grant applications, please read the Fixing Country Roads Writing Grant Applications Workbook.
If you have questions about project eligibility or would like advice on an application, please email freight@transport.nsw.gov.au

Australian Government funding

Applicants are also encouraged to apply for Australian Government funding.

The three most relevant programs are:

Australian Government programs will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of the total project cost. Find out more from: Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Have a question?

Email freight@transport.nsw.gov.au