Bourke Shire Council will receive $4.6 million to seal Caronga Peak Road through funding delivered from the NSW Nationals in the state and federal government.

NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said that the improvement of local roads funded under the Fixing Local Roads Program was vital to better road safety for our regional and rural communities.

“Local Governments from across regional NSW provided wish lists of projects that will boost local jobs and ensure regional road users get to where they need to go sooner and safer,” Mr Farraway said.

“Caronga Peak Road was a priority for Bourke Shire and after going to Byrock, seeing the road for myself and talking with locals, I can see why – it plays an important role connecting industry and community with quarries, schools and of course the local pub and post office.”

Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the improvements will be welcomed by the locals in his electorate who use the road every day.

“This is about delivering small improvements that can make a huge difference,” Mr Coulton said.

“These projects will drive valuable jobs in our region over the next 12 months as councils get cracking on works.”

As part of round one, $250 million will be invested in 258 projects across 83 Local Government Areas. Applications for round two of the program will open later this year.

Projects will need to be delivered within two years of receiving funding.