Katrina welcomes $1,046,000 for Gobarralong Bridge
Local Nationals MP Katrina Hodgkinson congratulated Gundagai Shire Council on its successful Fixing Country Roads funding application for $1,046,000 from the NSW Government.
“Since 2011, the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has been delivering historic levels of funding to help regional growers, producers and businesses take the most direct and cost-effective route to transport goods from paddock to port,” Katrina said.
“The $42.85 million Fixing Country Roads funding initiative was developed by the NSW Government to help regional councils upgrade their old roads and bridges which cause freight pinch point or ‘last mile’ problems.”
“There’s nothing worse for a local economy than roads and bridges not being up to the task of carrying freight in an efficient and cost effective manner.”
Katrina said for 16 years under Labor freight was a dirty word and farmers, trucking companies and regional businesses were treated like second-class citizens.
“Under Labor, council-owned roads and bridges were allowed to deteriorate at such an alarming rate the growth of regional economies was being held back.”
“I am proud of the hard work carried out by Gundagai Shire Council to secure funding for this project.”
Gundagai Shire Council will receive $1,046,000 from the NSW Government for the replacement of the Gobarralong Bridge.
The new bridge will provide access for semi-trailers and B-doubles from 36 agricultural properties and two quarries to operate on the approved B-double route on the Gobarralong Adjungbilly Road.
“I have worked hard to secure the funding for this vitally important project for the local Gundagai Adjungbilly community, advocating strongly for the replacement of this bridge.
“I am delighted the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has listened to my representations”, Katrina said.
Total project cost will be $2,592,000, with the Commonwealth matching the NSW Government’s contribution of $1,046,000 and Gundagai Shire Council contributing $500,000 towards the project.
Katrina said today’s announcement is yet another example of the NSW Government working closely with local government to improve freight productivity in the local electorate.
“With funding now available from both the NSW and Commonwealth Governments, work on this vital local infrastructure project can start this year.”
Cootamundra, Gundagai, Harden, Weddin and Young Shire Councils have all been successful in their funding applications and will receive a total of $4,493,576 from the NSW Government. Councils will soon be invited by Transport for NSW’s Freight and Regional Development Division to attend a briefing session to arrange the payment of grants, including some additional funding from the historic high levels of funding in the roads budget, and discuss the construction schedule of selected projects.
Katrina thanked the Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay for his support of this important project.