The Nationals in Government are continuing to improve the productivity and safety of heavy vehicle routes in the Riverina and Central West, with a $632,197 investment to improve Cowabbie Street, Coolamon.
The road pavement of at least 500 metres of Cowabbie Street will be upgraded and strengthened by the construction of a new 140mm pavement base and improved drainage.
The funding is under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) with the total project costing $790,247.
Federal Nationals Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the Government was focused on delivering better roads and infrastructure across the regions.
“Supporting the safety and efficiency of heavy vehicle routes and regional roads means better connected communities and safer driving conditions for all motorists,” Mr McCormack said.
“It will improve our supply chains and help to ensure goods and produce are moving efficiently across our country.
“This is part of the Coalition’s commitment to country areas. This is so important for the wider Coolamon Shire and for all the heavy vehicle users which come through this town.
“Better roads mean better productivity and better freight links and that is exactly what we are doing for Coolamon Shire.”
Coolamon Shire Mayor David McCann OAM said the funding will fix an essential road.
“We are very pleased with the announcement,” Mr McCann said.
“We are seeing an increase in heavy vehicles using our Shire roads and, as a main thoroughfare to Wagga Wagga, this funding will be ideal to fix the problems we have.”
In a boost for our regions, changes to program guidelines meant rural and regional projects could apply for funding to cover up to 80 per cent of the total project cost for the first time.
The Nationals in Government are providing more than $650 million through the HVSPP from 2013-14 to 2025-26, with an ongoing commitment of $65 million per year.