New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro
New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole
First Cash To Flow Helping Fix Local Roads
Victor P Taffa
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales John Barilaro and the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole today opened the first round of the New South Wales Government’s $500 Million Fixing Local Roads program.
Deputy Premier Barilaro said the funding was a key election commitment and removes the need for local roads in regional New South Wales to meet a benefit cost ratio to receive funding.
“Country roads in regional New South Wales are the corridors that keep us connected to our family, friends and local businesses and their reliability should not be determined by an accounting formula developed in Sydney.” Deputy Premier Barilaro said.
“Fixing Local Roads program is a partnership with local government to keep our local roads and back roads in good shape.”
“We recognise that regional councils have large road networks but less financial capacity compared to larger metropolitan councils to maintain them.”
“This is the first round of a $500 Million package taking the burden off local government to keep our roads safe and injecting money directly into regional communities battling this torrid drought.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said funding was available to councils to repair, maintain or seal local roads in a bid to help reduce the backlog.
“First round of Fixing Local Roads is now open and will see funding rolled out to councils with shovel-ready projects that can start this financial year.” Minister Toole said.
Minister Toole said projects will need to be delivered within 2 years of receiving funding.
“More than 80 % of our state’s road network is managed by councils, with many regions currently suffering extreme drought.”
“We know the toll that long periods of heat and lack of rain can have on our roads and the challenges these local communities are facing.” Minister Toole said.
“By supporting councils to clear the maintenance backlog, we will be able to create more job opportunities in the bush, as well as ensure safe and reliable trips on the roads our communities use every day to get to school, work and home again.”
Applications under Round 1 are now open and will close on 2 December 2019. Successful applications will be announced from February 2020.
Projects will need to be delivered within 2 years of receiving funding, to ensure that local communities are benefiting sooner.