Safer journeys are on the way for the Narromine Shire, with eight projects rolling out under the latest round of the Fixing Local Roads Program, to help improve travel for residents and visitors.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said a total of 12.2 kilometres will be re-sheeted in the north of the local government area, thanks to $915,000 from the NSW Government.
Narromine Shire Council will also contribute $292,000 to the project, which will see re-sheeting on O’Leary’s Lane, along with Cobboco, Pineview, Dulla Dulla, Morris, Eureka, Cornucopia and Woodleigh Roads.
Mr Saunders said rural roads can put a real strain on council budgets, but ongoing maintenance makes a huge difference in the day-to-day lives of communities.
“After years of drought the Narromine region is set for a bumper harvest, and well-maintained roads are absolutely vital for our farmers,” Mr Saunders said.
“This latest round of funding will help the council deliver safer and more efficient journeys for freight operators and primary producers, as well as local residents moving around the region.
“It’s been a devastating couple of years for regional NSW, but better roads means better journeys for locals, and also for visitors.”
Narromine Shire Mayor Craig Davies has welcomed the grant after five years of “very trying conditions”.
“Three years of drought with no water available for works, followed by the past two relatively wet years, has seen the shire’s roads deteriorate,” Councillor Davies said.
“This grant allows us to get started on an ambitious program of weather proofing all shire roads over the course of the next 3-5 years.
“As harvest approaches the need for passable roads becomes even more important, and work has already commenced on ensuring our roads can withstand what is looming as another very significant harvest.”