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Roads, maritime and freight budget delivers infrastructure and safety from the city to the bush

Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless today announced $49.93 million would be spent in Orange Electorate to continue building and improving our road, maritime and freight infrastructure, tackling congestion and reducing travel times, boosting freight productivity and making NSW roads and waterways safer.

“This Budget balances the NSW Government’s commitments to people living in both regional and metropolitan areas of the state,” Mr Colless said.

“We’re tackling congestion and upgrading roads in regional areas, and providing the critical freight infrastructure improvements the bush needs to support its growing businesses and communities.

“This Budget is also focused on making our roads safer, whether they are in Bourke or Bankstown, Cooma or Camden - the lives of road users matter everywhere and that’s why we’re sharing the safety spend across the state.

“Tackling congestion is a focus of this Budget, with current estimates showing that traffic congestion costs us $6.1 billion a year. 

“As NSW’s population continues to grow, so will demands on our roads. The congestion busting and road building investment in this budget means people will spend more time with their families and less time in traffic jams.”

Budget highlights for Roads, Maritime and Freight in Orange include:

  • $9,500,000 - Complete construction of the realignment of the Mitchell Highway at Guanna Hill
  • $9,900,000 – Complete construction of the realignment of the Newell Highway at Trewilga, north of Parkes
  • $5,021,000 – Planning for the Newell Highway upgrade at Parkes
  • $3,350,000 – Pavement upgrade on the Mitchell Highway 35-37km west of Orange
  • $4,901,000 – Routine maintenance work on State roads including management and inspection services and minor pavement repairs
  • $500,000 – Planning and design for replacement of Camp Street Bridge over Lake Forbes on Camp Street at Forbes

“This is a grassroots budget, which sees us work with local communities, providing $252 million in grants and subsidies to local councils,” Mr Colless said.

“These grants are included in a record $1.8 billion for the maintenance of road, maritime and freight assets, including bridge rebuilding, pavement rehabilitation, traffic facilities maintenance, drainage upgrades, wharf maintenance and grants and subsidies to local councils.”

In the recent Commonwealth May budget, NSW was successful in securing $2.28 billion in 2017-18 for capital road and rail infrastructure projects.

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