Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan says councils will be able to complete important road projects following the release of quarterly payments under the Roads to Recovery program.
From 2013–14 to 2023–24, the NSW Nationals in the federal government will provide $6.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year thereafter.
Councils use the program funding to target specific local road maintenance.
Mr Conaghan said the federal government will deliver over $186.5 million to 366 local government authorities nationwide for safer and better-maintained roads.
“The Roads to Recovery funding in Cowper will allow councils across the area to progress a number of high-priority projects, using local knowledge to deliver the best local roads,” Mr Conaghan said.
“The NSW Nationals in the federal government are committed to getting Australians home sooner and safer, no matter where they live.
“As chair of the government’s Road Safety Committee, I recognise and understand how important this funding is in maintaining and improving our road network.”
Mr Conaghan said he was pleased with the 2013-14 to 2023-24 breakdown of funding allocations for councils within the Cowper electorate, including:
- Bellingen Shire Council $2,973,126 with a further $11,361 for the May 2021 quarterly payment;
- Coffs Harbour City Council $6,910,480;
- Kempsey Shire Council $5,800,940 and $74,750;
- Nambucca Valley Council $3,844,327 and $174,750;
- and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council $9,133,088 and $872,61.
Mr Conaghan said Roads to Recovery investments deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the country.
More information is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au