Monday, 20 June 2016
BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR YASS VALLEY FUNDED UNDER NSW BUDGET
Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today announced that Yass Valley is receiving NSW Government funding as part of Round Two of Fixing Country Roads.
Yass Valley Council will receive $723,000 from the NSW Government towards the construction of the Dicks Creek Road Bridge replacement, matching the federal government’s commitment of $723,000, meaning the $1,446,000 project will be fully funded.
“The NSW Government is investing historic levels of funding to build better infrastructure right across NSW, and it’s great to see local communities like Murrumbateman benefitting from programs like Fixing Country Roads,” Ms Goward said.
“This funding will help ease the burden for the Yass Valley Council to replace the Dicks Creek Road Bridge and I know residents who use the bridge, like the many who have contacted me, will be so grateful.
“It is so important that our community has safe roads, connecting our local communities, so that our loved ones can make it home safe and sound.
“I’m really proud to be part of a government that recognises the importance of connecting regional communities and is committed to better local infrastructure.”
Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy today welcomed the NSW Government’s road funding announcements saying it was further evidence of the constructive relationship between the different levels of government.
“Better local roads deliver better access to our homes, jobs, and local schools; and that’s why I’m proud to work with Pru Goward and the NSW Government to deliver for Yass Valley,” Dr Hendy said.
“Today’s announcement matches the Turnbull Government’s $723,000 investment in replacing Dicks Creek Road Bridge, delivering a vital and fully funded bridge replacement.”
Six successful projects will be delivered across the Goulburn electorate under Round Two to fix ‘last mile’ constraints on council owned roads and bridges.
“Successful projects will better connect local and regional roads to state highways and key freight hubs, such as silos, saleyards, rail heads, supermarket distribution centres, industrial parks and depots,” Ms Goward said.
“260 million tonnes of freight are moved across regional NSW each year – improving the way we do this is vital to supporting continued growth across the state.”
Round Two of Fixing Country Roads includes a $50 million investment in the upcoming 2016/17 State Budget, and is ‘on top’ of the $43 million commitment in Round One. The benefits of Round One are already being realised ‘on the ground’ with about 75 per cent of projects either open or near completion.
NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said there is no other program in the history of the state that delivers benefits to councils, local businesses, communities and regional industries quite like Fixing Country Roads.
“By building better infrastructure on council owned roads and bridges – we are getting product to market quicker – cutting costs right across the supply chain including on supermarket shelves.”
Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said projects like Fixing Country Roads are critical to supporting local economies and the State.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to providing the necessary infrastructure to ensure regional New South Wales can continue to thrive.”
The $50 million Round Two instalment is part of a $500 million commitment for Fixing Country Roads from Rebuilding NSW, with funding to be progressively made available by the NSW Government.
All Fixing Country Roads funding allocations are determined by an expert Independent Assessment Panel, including Local Government NSW, Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association, NSW Farmers, NRMA. Projects not selected by the Panel in this round may be able to access funding in future rounds.
Successful councils will be formally notified.
For more information please visit freight.transport.nsw.gov.au/