Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the third round of Fixing Country Roads is open and a share in a further $100 million is available to councils throughout the Hunter for upgrades to roads, bridges and truck washes.
“I’m pleased to announce we’ll provide regional communities with $100 million in funding” Mr MacDonald said.
“I can confirm that $100 million will be made available to eligible councils for projects they believe will deliver significant benefits to their local communities.
“Funding can go towards truck wash facilities and upgrades to roads and bridges that will improve links to key freight hubs, including grain silos, saleyards, supermarket distribution centres and depots.
Mr MacDonald encouraged Lake Macquarie, Cessnock, Maitland and Port Stephens Councils to submit an application for Fixing Country Roads, but to also consider all the co-funding options available to them and seek the support of local industry.
“By working together on Fixing Country Roads so far, the NSW Government, Australian Government, local councils and industry have turned $155 million into $339 million worth of infrastructure improvements for NSW,” Mr MacDonald said.
“I recommend eligible Councils in the Hunter consider applying for funding under Federal Government initiatives such as the Bridges Renewal Programme, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme and the Building Better Regions Fund.”
The $100 million Round Three instalment is part of a $543 million commitment for Fixing Country Roads from Rebuilding NSW, with funding to be progressively made available by the NSW Government.
Applications will be open until 1 September 2017.
The Infrastructure NSW Regional Independent Assessment Panel, which includes representatives from Local Government NSW, Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association, NSW Farmers Association, and the NRMA will then assess the project applications.
For information on the Fixing Country Roads funding criteria, program guidelines and how to submit an application visit http://www.freight.transport.nsw.gov.au/strategy/projects/fixing-country-roads
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