$50million for councils
as Fixing Country Roads Round 2 opens
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced the second round of Fixing Country Roads is open and a further $50 million is available to councils to help repair council owned roads and bridges.
Mr Anderson said funding for Round Two is part of a $500 million commitment from Rebuilding NSW to fix council-owned infrastructure that creates bottlenecks and hinders efficient freight transport.
“The program is designed to better connect local roads to state highways and key freight hubs such as silos, saleyards, rail heads, supermarket distribution centres, industrial parks and depots to make it easier to move regional freight from paddock to port,” Mr Anderson said.
“The first round of Fixing Country Roads announced in February 2015 provided $43 million in funding to 77 projects across 60 local government areas; the majority of projects are due to be delivered this financial year.
“Tamworth Regional Council and Walcha Shire Council benefited from Round One receiving funding for much needed upgrades including widening the Bergen Bridge on Thunderbolts Way ($1million), Phoenix Street intersection upgrade ($270,000) and funding for bridge assessments ($850,000).
“We want regional councils and joint organisations to get involved again and work closely with local industry and transport operators to identify and prioritise projects to make the most out of Round Two.
“Councils are also encouraged to apply for matching funding under Federal Government initiatives such as the Bridges Renewal Programme, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme and National Stronger Regions Fund.
“By partnering together in Round One, the NSW Government, Federal Government and local councils turned $43 million into $73 million worth of infrastructure improvements for the state.”
Fixing Country Roads has a two-stage application process: a one-two page Expression of Interest; followed by a more detailed request for information from shortlisted projects.
Mr Anderson said the Infrastructure NSW Regional Independent Assessment Panel, which includes representatives from Local Government NSW, Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association of NSW, NSW Farmers Association, and the NRMA will assess project applications.
The EOI phase closes on 11 December 2015. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed application. Transport for NSW will be running grant writing workshops to assist Councils. Successful projects are expected to be awarded funding at the end of March 2016 for delivery in the 2016/17 financial year.
For information on the Fixing Country Roads funding criteria, program guidelines, key dates and information on how to submit an Expression of Interest online, visit www.freight.transport.nsw.gov.au.
Note: 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 as the NSW Government’s lease of poles and wires is transacted.