Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed news that the NSW Government has partnered with the Federal Government to fast-track work on roads in the region.
Mr Saunders joined with Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, on Thursday to announce the expansion of the Fixing Local Roads Program.
The program will see a total of $500 million spent by the NSW Government, with this round of $191 million complemented by $191 million worth of Federal funding.
This round sees the Mid-Western Regional Council receive $5,299,700 to complete the sealing of Aarons Road, along with a series of projects to finish the sealing of all Collector Road bus routes.
There are over 50 local roads receiving attention in the Dubbo Regional Council area which will benefit from $4,864,992 worth of funding, including two major projects: sealing the remaining section of the Old Mendooran Road, and fixing the roundabout at Wheelers Lane and Keswick Parkway.
Mr Saunders said the program will deliver safer roads for our region, as well as providing valuable jobs in the local economy, which has suffered as a result of prolonged drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is about delivering projects that can make a big difference for local communities – projects that will drive valuable jobs in our region over the next 12 months as councils get cracking on delivery,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful example of what can happen when governments work collaboratively towards a common goal.
“The NSW Government has set aside a large amount of money for the Fixing Local Roads program, and for our Federal colleagues to jump on board with funding of their own shows how important it is for people living in regional areas to have safe roads to travel on.”