Road safety is proving to be at the forefront of the campaign for Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro, with major plans for regional roads unveiled.

Mr Barilaro announced the Nationals in Government will fund a $17.5 million Snowy Monaro Roads Package to address the need for upgrades to roads in the region. Additionally, the Nationals in Government will be reclaiming 15,000 kilometres of regional roads and transferring them from local councils back to the State for maintenance.

“Every single person, no matter how far out of town they live, deserves to be able to make the trip home knowing they are travelling on a safe road,” Mr Barilaro said. “Across the Snowy Monaro region, there’s no denying major roads are in poor shape. That’s why The Nationals are committing $17.5 million to a major roads program to address the most critical roads in need of urgent repair, and reclaiming key local roads to take the burden off of council and taxpayers.”

“There’s no doubt we live in the most incredible region, but living here shouldn’t mean putting up with sub-standard roads.”

A total of $17,598,289 in sealing and re-sealing projects will be undertaken on:

• Smiths Road
• Tinderry Road
• Dry Plains Road
• Shannons Flat Road
• Avonside Road
• Maffra Road
• Springfield Road
• Mila Road

The roads to be reclassified and transferred to the State Government include:

• Snowy River Way
• Mt Darragh Road
• Delegate Road
• Cathcart-Bibbenluke Road
• Eden St
• Maybe St
• Middlingbank Road
• Myack St

Mr Barilaro said the announcement is the continuation of the ongoing work the Nationals in Government have done when it comes to roads upgrades and safety improvements along arterial roads in regional NSW.

“Across regional NSW, our Government has delivered important upgrades through funds including the Fixing Country Roads Program and Fixing Country Rail Program, but there’s always more to do,” he said. “Only with the Nationals in Government will our regional communities continue to see the funding that makes this happen.”

“Over the next term of Government, I want to see grading machines out across the Monaro, working day in, day out to fix our roads. I want to see roads being sealed and I want to see safety improvements ramped up.”

Mr Barilaro said every road user deserved safe passage, regardless of where they lived.

“Whether it’s a parent driving their kids to school, a school bus driver picking up the outlying passengers, or simply a commuter heading in to work for the day, every road user should have a safe journey and a reasonable travel time,” he said. “That’s why I’m going to keep on delivering major funding for our roads.”