Government puts $1.55 billion over 4 years towards council-owned roads
The road infrastructure funding includes $963.4 million support for local council road projects and $593.6 million in natural disaster relief funding.
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said councils will also benefit from a total of $304.9 million in additional disaster relief funding this financial year as part of the historic $5.5 billion roads, maritime and freight 2014-15 State Budget.
In a move to further improve council-owned roads in regional NSW, the government has committed an extra $37.5 million from the Restart NSW fund – to facilitate a new works program called ‘Fixing Country Roads’.
Mr Gay confirmed that funding for the ‘Fixing Country Roads’ is ‘on top of’ the $304.9 million in budgeted roads and bridges grants available to NSW councils in 2014-15.
“Fixing Country Roads will help address road freight pinch-points or ‘last mile’ problems and better connect freight facilities such as rail sidings, saleyards, silos, abattoirs, fuel depots and distribution centres to local road networks”, Mr Gay said.
With the volume of freight forecasted to nearly double over the next 20 years, the Fixing Country Roads program will help local councils and industries prioritise funding for projects to improve local road connections to key intermodal freight sites and hubs.