Fixing Country Roads funding announced

KYOGLE Council and Tenterfield Shire Council have been successful with their Fixing Country Roads funding applications, which will receive a total of $2,345,000 from the NSW Government.

Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay joined Lismore MP Thomas George congratulated the councils on their success.

"Since 2011, the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has been delivering historic levels of funding to help regional growers, producers and businesses take the most direct and cost-effective route to transport goods from paddock to port," Mr Grant said.

"The $42.85 million Fixing Country Roads funding initiative was developed by the NSW Government to help regional councils upgrade their old roads and bridges which cause freight pinch point or 'last mile' problems."

"There's nothing worse for a local economy than roads and bridges not being up to the task of carrying freight in an efficient and cost effective manner."

Lismore MP Thomas George said he was incredibly proud of the hard work carried out by Kyogle Council and Tenterfield Shire Council to secure funding for three major road projects in the region.

"Tenterfield Shire Council and Kyogle Council must also be congratulated for contributing $160,000 and $50,000 towards these projects respectively, representing a genuine working partnership with the NSW Government."

Projects funded under Fixing Country Roads were selected purely on merit by an independent Assessment Panel made up of representatives from the NSW Farmers Association, Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association of NSW, Local Government NSW, Infrastructure NSW and senior officials from Transport for NSW Freight and Regional Development and the Office of Local Government.

Expanding the Fixing Country Roads initiative is part of a wider commitment under the Rebuilding NSW Plan to inject $4.1 billion into roads and freight infrastructure in regional NSW.