Duncan Gay’s funding relief for flood affected Central West
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay has thrown flood ravaged communities across the Central West a life-line with $13 million in funding to help fix local roads damaged by flood waters.
Duncan was joined by our Leader Troy Grant and Nationals candidate for Orange Scott Barrett in Molong last week to announce the funding which will provide immediate relief to the community, allowing councils to get on with the job of rebuilding roads.
A further $1 million will be invested to redevelop the Newell Highway at Tichborne, ensuring the main corridor between Forbes and Parkes remains accessible and flood resistant during periods of heavy rain.
After meeting with local council members and seeing the state of roads across the Central West, Duncan said it was clear that repairing the road network was a priority, particularly on key transport routes:
“I have heard loud and clear how important it is to repair these local and regional roads and now councils can get on with repairs sooner rather than later. Having inspected the roads – the task ahead is going to be a big one – with the base under many of the roads across the region completely saturated.”
Nationals candidate for Orange Scott Barrett said the $13 million in funding was welcome news and will deliver a boost in morale for towns right across the Central West.
“Communities in the Central West are strong and resilient. This extra funding will be a real help in ensuring important local repairs can happen as quickly as possible,” Scott said.
The funding will be in addition to the jointly aided Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements which will help local councils to clean up and restore damaged public assets, help those whose homes or belongings had been damaged, provide grants for non-for-profits and freight subsidies for primary producers and deliver concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and farmers.
21 councils in total have been declared eligible for Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements with five of those – Forbes, Lachlan, Parkes, Bland and Hilltops Shire – receiving up to $1 million in compensation.