APLIN WELCOMES ROADS FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Member for Albury Greg Aplin today announced the Albury electorate is receiving NSW Government funding as part of Round Two of Fixing Country Roads, an initiative which removes freight pinch points in regional NSW.

 

64 successful projects will be delivered under Round Two to fix ‘last mile’ constraints on council owned roads and bridges right across the state.

 

Round Two of Fixing Country Roads includes a $50 million investment in the upcoming 2016/17 State Budget, and is ‘on top’ of the $43 million commitment in Round One.

 

“Successful projects will better connect local and regional roads to state highways and key freight hubs, such as silos, saleyards, rail heads, supermarket distribution centres, industrial parks and depots,” Mr Aplin said.

 

“The NSW Government is investing historic levels of funding to build better infrastructure right across NSW, and it’s great to see local communities in the Albury electorate benefitting from programs like Fixing Country Roads.

 

“260 million tonnes of freight are moved across regional NSW each year – improving the way we do this is vital to supporting continued growth across the state.

 

“Five projects in the electorate have been successful in obtaining Fixing Country Roads Round Two funding.

 

“The Upper Murray Productivity and Safety Improvement Project at Clarkes Hill on Tooma Road is a key project for the region. The project involves upgrading 3.6km of steep and narrow road to allow B-Double usage as well as improve safety.

 

“Tooma Road carries 80,000 tonnes of timber and over 100,000 tonnes of livestock per annum, the upgrade will deliver significant productivity benefits for the local timber, livestock and dairy industries as well as safety benefits for all road users.

 

“The benefits of Round One are already being realised ‘on the ground’ with about 75 per cent of projects either open or near completion.

 

“For example Round One provided funding for the Upper Murray Industry Access Project, located in Greater Hume Shire. The project involved widening of the Yarara Gap, a key section of Jingellic Road and will open the entire route between Jingellic and the Hume Highway to B-Doubles to the benefit of timber, livestock and general freight.

 

“The upgrade removes a detour of up to 50km for 20,000 heavy vehicles per year. Another example of three levels of Government working together, Fixing Country Roads funding has been complemented by Australian Government and Council funding”

 

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said there is no other program in the history of the state that delivers benefits to councils, local businesses, communities and regional industries quite like Fixing Country Roads.

 

“By building better infrastructure on council owned roads and bridges – we are getting product to market quicker – cutting costs right across the supply chain including on supermarket shelves.”

 

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said projects like Fixing Country Roads are critical to supporting local economies and the State.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to providing the necessary infrastructure to ensure regional New South Wales can continue to thrive.”

The $50 million Round Two instalment is part of a $500 million commitment for Fixing Country Roads from Rebuilding NSW, with funding to be progressively made available by the NSW Government.

 

All Fixing Country Roads funding allocations are determined by an expert Independent Assessment Panel, including Local Government NSW, Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association, NSW Farmers, NRMA. Projects not selected by the Panel in this round may be able to access funding in future rounds.

 

Successful councils will be formally notified.

 

For more information please visit freight.transport.nsw.gov.au/

 

 

 

FIXING COUNTRY ROADS DELIVERS FOR ALBURY

 

Applicant Project name Project Type Total Project cost ($’000)

 

FCR Funding ($’000) Industry ($’000) Council ($’000) Federal ($’000)
Federation Council (Corowa Shire Council) Bull Plain Road Upgrade Construction 440 415 25
Federation Council (Corowa Shire Council) Daysdale Walbundrie Road Floodway Construction 220 195 25
Snowy Valleys Council (Tumbarumba Shire Council) Upper Murray Productivity and Safety Improvement Project – Clarkes Hill Construction 4,156 1,578 1,000 1,578*
Federation Council (Urana Shire Council) Federation Way Freight Link Construction 1,650 800 50 800*
Greater Hume Shire Council, Gundagai Council, Junee Shire Council, Lockhart Shire Council, Federation Council (Urana Shire Council)

 

REROC Regional Bridge Assessments’ Project

 

Bridge Assessments 223.6

 

208.2

 

 

15.4

 

 

 

NB: “REROC Regional Bridge Assessments’ Project” covers Cootamundra, Albury and Wagga Wagga electorates.

* Applied for Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme Round 5 funding (pending)