Do you have a road in your area that desperately needs a makeover? Now is the time to get in contact with your council. Applications are open for round two of the Fixing Country Roads program. $50 million has been set aside for councils to help repair roads and bridges in regional areas.
Fixing Country Roads provides targeted funding for infrastructure projects on council owned roads. 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 the paddock to port more efficiently.
Improved freight means a reduction in transport costs for local industries and businesses, which in turn results in cheaper products at market for ratepayers. It also means less wear and tear on council owned roads. Round one of Fixing Country Roads resulted in $43 million to fund 77 projects in 60 councils, and round two will give a chance for those that missed out to have another go.
With six weeks to submit an expression of interest, the Government wants to ensure every council has equal opportunity to access these funds. Therefore, they are sending specialists to councils to hold grant writing workshops and provide one-on-one assistance to councils.
Do you have a road in your area that needs a little help? Now is the time to get in touch with your council and express your concerns. For more information about Fixing Country Roads please read the comprehensive program here.