Fixing Country Roads
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 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.
Fixing Country Roads 2019
The second round for 2019 (Tranche 2) is now open and will close on 31 December 2019. More information is available in the program guidelines (PDF, 12.47 MB). Applications for funding can be made via the online portal.
The Fixing Country Roads 2019 guidelines and application forms should be used for any new applications. See below, for the links sample application forms. Applications must be lodged through the Freight Funding Portal.
- Roads and Bridges Construction Application Form (PDF, 603.37 KB) and Roads and Bridges Construction Benefit cost Analysis Model (XLSX, 991.65 KB)
- Bridge and Route Load Assessment Application Form (PDF, 611.39 KB) and Bridge and Route Load Assessment Database Sheet (XLSX, 27.11 KB)
- Truck Wash Application Form (PDF, 777.35 KB) and Benefit Cost Analysis Model (XLSX, 5.99 MB)
The NSW Freight Task
In regional NSW, outside of the Greater Sydney Area, an estimated 255 million tonnes of freight was produced in 2016. 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 or upgrade livestock truck wash 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.
Fixing Local Roads
The Fixing Local Roads Program is a $500 million NSW Government program over five years, to assist councils in reducing their local council roads maintenance backlog. This is a different and separately managed program to Fixing Country Roads.
Map of Fixing Country Program Projects
Fixing Country Roads 2018 - Tranche 3
In March 2019, the NSW Government announced over $41 million had been made available for 21 new projects for Tranche 3 of Fixing Country Roads 2018. View the list of 2018 Tranche 3 projects (PDF, 49.52 KB).
Fixing Country Roads 2018 - Tranche 2
In January 2019, the NSW Government announced over $77 million had been made available for 27 new projects for Tranche 2 of Fixing Country Roads 2018. View the list of 2018 Tranche 2 projects (PDF, 77.17 KB).
Fixing Country Roads 2018 - Tranche 1
In October 2018, the NSW Government announced over $16.8 million had been made available for 10 successful projects for Tranche 1 of Fixing Country Roads 2018. View the list of successful 2018 Tranche 1 projects (PDF, 46.15 KB).
Fixing Country Roads Round 3: (2017)
In December 2017, the NSW Government announced over $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 (PDF, 343.81 KB).
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 (PDF, 150.99 KB).
Fixing Country Roads Round 2 and Round 2.5: (2016-17)
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 $63.5 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.
Fixing Country Roads Round 1: (2014-15)
In February 2015, the NSW Government announced $41.4 million had been made available for 74 successful projects under Round 1 of Fixing Country Roads. View the list of successful Round 1 projects.
Australian Government funding
Applicants are also encouraged to apply for Australian Government funding. Australian Government programs will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of the total project cost.
The three most relevant programs are:
Find out more from: Australian Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development, and Cities