“In 2013-14, the NSW Government has committed $1.54 billion towards the maintenance and repair of roads and bridges on state and council owned networks – this is the largest funding commitment for maintenance in the state’s history,” Minister Gay said.
The record roads and bridges maintenance allocation in 2013-14 includes nearly $432 million in Block Grants, REPAIR funding and forecasted natural disaster payments to councils; a 36 per cent funding increase compared to the 2010-11 period.
Minister Gay said the historic maintenance allocation is the direct result of the O’Farrell-Stoner Government delivering record levels of roads and bridges funding, more than $15 billion for new capital works and ongoing maintenance, in its first three budgets.
“This historic funding is just not benefiting big state-driven projects like WestConnex, but also small council works such as repairing a timber bridge at Captains Flat, upgrading the Lismore-Bangalow Road at Howards Grass or restoring flood-damaged roads in North West NSW.
“We have also committed a record $217 million in 2013-14 towards maintaining state and council owned roads and bridges in Western Sydney,” he said.