Cash splash for country roads

Cash splash for country roads

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Poor quality council owned roads are a frustration in the bush.

Poor quality council owned roads are a frustration in the bush.

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AN additional $50 million is up for grabs to regional councils for road and bridge repairs.

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AN additional $50 million is up for grabs to regional councils for road and bridge repairs.

Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay said the NSW Government announced a new round of funding under the Fixing Country Roads program, to remove freight pinch points on council owned roads.

“Fixing Country Roads provides targeted funding for infrastructure projects on council owned roads,” Mr Gay said.

Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay

“The aim is to better connect local and regional roads to state highways and key freight hubs like grain silos, saleyards, rail heads, supermarket distribution centres and depots to get products from paddock to port more efficiently.”

Round One delivered $43m to 77 local road projects across 60 local council areas.

Councils can now apply for new projects, and government has offered grant writing workshops to assist with applications. The window for expressions of interest closes on December 11.

“We want to ensure every council has equal opportunity to access Fixing Country Roads funds,” Mr gay said.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit detailed applications and successful projects are expected to be get funding at the end of March 2016

Visit www.freight.transport.nsw.gov.au

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