Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has toured roads in the Mid-Western Regional Council area that will benefit from major upgrades as part of the Fixing Local Roads Program.
A total of $500 million will be spent by the NSW Government, with this round of $191 million complemented by $191 million worth of Federal funding to expand the program.
Mid-Western Regional Council will receive a total of $5,299,700 in this round, with $1,983,500 to be spent on completing the sealing of Aarons Pass Road. In addition, $3,316,200 will be spent on sealing all Collector Road bus routes, including Mebul Road, Cox’s Creek Road and Pyramul Road
Mr Saunders said the program is designed to provide safer roads, as well as providing valuable jobs in the local economy, which has suffered as a result of prolonged drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mid-Western Regional Council has prioritised these projects, and it is great that the Federal Government has seen fit to join the NSW Government in providing funding so the work can be fast-tracked,” he said
“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.
“It’s a wonderful example of what can happen when governments work collaboratively towards a common goal.”
Mid-Western Regional Council mayor Des Kennedy said the funding has been welcomed by the community.
“To have the NSW Government and the Federal Government working closely together to provide safe roads for our residents is a massive boost for our community,” Mr Kennedy said.
“This work has needed to be done for a while, which is why we prioritised it, and it is wonderful to have the support and financial assistance to make it happen.”