The $20 million upgrade of Bobeyan Road through Adaminaby, Bolaro, and Shannons Flat has begun with Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Snowy Valleys Council delivering the works in partnership.
Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro, local MLC Bronnie Taylor and representatives from Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Snowy Valleys Council met in Cooma to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the project.
Mr Barilaro said the milestone is a big win for local residents, who have lobbying for years for the upgrade.
“During the 2019 Election campaign I heard loud and clear how important this upgrade was, and today we are getting shovels in the ground and delivering on our commitment to improve the safety and accessibility of this key arterial route,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This $20 million investment will see around 27 kilometres of Bobeyan Road upgraded, delivering a safer journey for locals, visitors, freight and emergency services.
“The devastating Black Summer showed just how important it is that our roads are resilient, safe and accessible and this upgrade will ensure safer access for all motorists across the Snowy Monaro region.
“The past two years have been incredibly tough for our region, with drought, bushfires and COVID-19 having a significant impact on our tourism economy. This upgrade will open up so many opportunities for our region and put Adaminaby back on the map.”
Mrs Taylor said the funding from the NSW Nationals in the state government will also provide a welcome boost to local economy, creating jobs at a time when they’re needed most.
“Under this MoU Snowy Monaro Regional Council will be working with Snowy Valleys Council on the project to maximise the community benefits the project will have across the Snowy Mountains Region,” Mrs Taylor said.
“Geotechnical, traffic and biodiversity surveys as well as a Review of Environmental factors for the project have already been carried out, and I’m so pleased to see work progressing after a difficult two years for the region.”
The project is due for completion by December 2024, weather permitting.