The Tamworth region will receive more than $5.2 million for vital work to improve safety in school zones as part of the $40.8 million School Zone Infrastructure Sub Program, funded by the NSW and Australian governments.
Nationals Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the infrastructure upgrades will help pedestrians and motorists share the roads safely.
“Every child and family should feel safe going to school,” Mr Joyce said.
“These important upgrades will help to keep some of our most vulnerable road users safe and make the busy pick-up and drop-off times easier for parents, children and the wider community.”
Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the funding boost which would give parents peace of mind as they waved their kids off to school.
“Every parent deserves to know that when they wave their child off to school, they do so safely,” Mr Anderson said.
“$5.2 million has been approved in the Tamworth electorate, meaning 66 safety projects are now funded and ready to go.
“Projects range from improving pedestrian fencing to line marking and lighting, projects that will improve safety at schools right across our region.”
Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said more than $40 million will be invested in over 500 projects across more than 350 schools in regional areas.
“Every child in NSW has the right to get to and from school safely,” Mr Farraway said.
“The rollout of the School Zone Infrastructure Sub Program in regional NSW will help pedestrians, school children, cyclists and motorists share the roads safely.
“We have worked with the local councils to identify a list of suitable projects to deliver the greatest safety benefit across regional NSW.”
These projects are funded under the Australian Government’s $3 billion Road Safety Program, which supports the fast roll-out of life-saving safety works on Australia’s roads.