Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today announced the Goulburn electorate is receiving NSW Government funding as part of Round Two of Fixing Country Roads, an initiative which removes freight pinch points in regional NSW.
Upper Lachlan Shire Council will receive more than $1 million funding from the NSW Government to upgrade Kiamma Creek Bridge and realign Devil’s Elbow Corner.
“The NSW Government is investing historic levels of funding to build better infrastructure right across NSW, and it’s great to see local communities in the Upper Lachlan Shire Council area benefitting from programs like Fixing Country Roads,” Ms Goward said.
“The realignment of Devil’s Elbow Corner in particular will generate both productivity and safety benefits by providing a 60-70km distance reduction for 25 B-Doubles accessing the Hume Highway and open Grabben Gullen Road to Higher Mass Limits.
“The upgrade would benefit approximately 100,000 trucks per year carting livestock, timber and general freight.
“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.”
64 successful projects will be delivered under Round Two to fix ‘last mile’ constraints on council owned roads and bridges right 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.
“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.
“Six projects in the Goulburn electorate have been successful in obtaining Fixing Country Roads Round Two funding.
“The benefits of Round One are already being realised ‘on the ground’ with about 75 per cent of projects either open or near completion.
“For example Round One provided funding to Goulburn Mulwaree Council to assess the capacity and condition of 60 bridges. Bridge assessments represent great value for money as they have the
potential to open up large parts of the network to HPVs without the need to invest any construction dollars”
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.
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