NSW Nationals member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, has announced a road funding boost of close to $5 million for the Walcha and Uralla Council areas.
He has announced a $2,341,210 boost for Walcha Council to continue repairing and upgrading its local road network.
Mr Marshall made the announcement with Walcha Council Mayor Eric Noakes and General Manager Phil Hood, while inspecting some work underway on Aberbaldie Road, just outside Walcha.
“Council will be incredibly busy over the next few years, now holding more than $10 million in grants for road upgrade and bridge replacement projects across the district,” Mr Marshall said.
“The injection of extra funding will improve the safety for motorists and all road users, while making it easier to get Walcha’s primary produce to market.
“Council can continue getting on with the job of repairing damaged roads, undertake grave re-sheeting, and widen existing rural bitumen roads with this funding.”
The funding was secured under the Regional Emergency Road Repair Fund, with funding based on the size of council’s local road network.
“Walcha’s total road network is 916 kilometres and I have no doubt these funds will be used by council efficiently and effectively,” Mr Marshall said.
Mr Marshall also announced a $2.35 million funding shot-in-the-arm for Uralla Shire Council to repair and upgrade more of its local roads.
He made the announcement with Uralla Shire Mayor Robert Bell on Kingstown Road near Uralla – a stretch of road that will benefit from the funding boost.
“This is great news for council and the community, allowing more important local roads to be brought up to scratch, enhancing safety for all motorists and road users,” Mr Marshall said.
“Council has been playing repair catch up on many roads around the Uralla Shire in recent times and this extra funding will mean they can undertake some major work to rebuild roads and do more gravel resheeting.
The cash will not only help take some financial pressure off council, but as council has complete discretion where to spend the funds, it’s going to be spent where it’s needed most.”