Scot MacDonald
22nd Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging Cessnock City Council and Maitland City Council to apply for a share of $15 million the NSW Liberal National Government is investing to support the increased movement of drought relief.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey announced on Sunday that eligible councils can apply for up to $300,000 to help with road maintenance and improvements to accommodate increased freight movements.

“These grants are to ensure that Councils are not left financially worse off from increased freight movements within their LGA, as part of the drought relief response,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Cessnock and Maitland are major gateways for freight movements into the Upper Hunter and beyond and I would encourage both Councils to make full use of this program.”

“Farmers impacted by the drought are relying on the vital transport of stock, feed and water across the state, which has increased the impact on the road network,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Funding will be targeted to support improved productivity for road freight while maintaining or improving safety for road users.”

The key points of the program include:

  • Grants of up to $300,000 towards costs of maintenance and improvements on council roads
  • For example shoulder repairs, road surface repairs and signage
  • Recently completed projects which improve freight access for drought relief can be considered
  • Improvements will be made to strategic freight links and roads that provide relief to other parts of the local network.

Further information about the program is available at, by emailing or by calling your local Roads and Maritime regional office.

The NSW Government has delivered programs worth more than $1 billion to support farmers through worsening drought.