Safer journeys are on the way in Bathurst, with $938,450 being awarded to road projects rolling out under the latest round of the Fixing Local Roads Program to improve journeys for regional communities, farmers and freight.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the local projects are among 138 projects to rollout under the $153 million third round of the Program, which facilitates shovel-ready projects to repair, maintain and seal priority roads in their community.
“These projects will give councils a helping hand to address their maintenance backlog and to maintain roads that really matter to their communities, delivering safer trips to school or to the shops, as well as more efficient journeys for freight operators and primary producers,” Mr Toole said.
Rehabilitation works will take place on the intersection of Havannah Street and the Great Western Highway, with funding of $538,450 and sealing of the Caloola Road, with funding of $400,000.
Work is also underway thanks to almost $400,000 committed in Round 2 for the resurfacing of Piper Street, which is the main road used to move water to reservoirs on Suttor Street.
Mr Toole said Fixing Local Roads had already delivered more than $394 million for 361 projects across 91 regional Local Government Areas from Armidale to Albury in the first two rounds.
“We know that sometimes it’s small projects that can drive big benefits in the bush. This program is helping to deliver better journeys on the roads families use every day,” Mr Toole said.
“Communities across the state are already reaping the benefits of this program with 97 projects now open to traffic – and today’s announcement will see councils deliver a further 138 projects over the next two years.
“These projects won’t just ensure that locals see the benefits of this investment every time they get behind the wheel, they’re also supporting an additional 1,374 jobs throughout construction.
“Small projects like these not only make a big difference to the roads locals use every day, but they’ll also support the domestic tourist market when our regions open up again.”
Fixing Local Roads is a $500 million NSW Government program, which was boosted by the Australian Government over the first two rounds with an additional $191 million.
Further information about the Fixing Local Roads Program can be found at nswroads.work/fixinglocalroads.