Work to fix local roads will soon be underway across the Coolamon Shire thanks to a joint funding effort from the NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced funding for four projects which will share in $875,526 from the Fixing Local Roads program.
“This is a fantastic boost for the entire region and means everyone using our roads, from school buses, increasing agriculture freight and visitors, can travel more safely around our region,” Ms Cooke said.
“Congratulations to the Coolamon Shire Council for securing this funding and undertaking this vital work.”
Coolamon Shire Council mayor John Seymour said the funds would be a boost to the local economy.
“Any funding we can get for local roads is a real bonus to us and allows us to provide better roads for the community,” Cr Seymour said.
“This work is opening up the shire for more development and improving access to other parts of the region.”
The Australian Government has committed $191 million to build on the first round of the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program, ensuring even more regional communities benefit, faster.
NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the state government was also accelerating its funding for the program to get more projects to seal, maintain and repair local roads underway faster.
“We’re not just putting our foot down in terms of delivering this package – we’re turbocharging it to ensure we create jobs and create better journeys on the roads that really matter to local communities,” Mr Toole said.
Projects will need to be delivered within two years of receiving funding, to ensure that local communities are benefiting sooner.