“FIXING COUNTRY ROADS - LOCAL ROADS AND BRIDGES” INFORMATION SESSION IN TAMWORTH
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today encouraged delegates of Tamworth Regional Council and Gunnedah Shire Council to attend an information session on Thursday, 24 July 2014 at 2pm at BAE Systems, (1 Basil Brown Drive) in Tamworth to learn about the NSW Government’s $37.5 million Fixing Country Roads program.
Mr Anderson said the information session has been organised by the NSW Government to assist local councils with their Expressions of Interest applications for Fixing Country Roads, a critical funding initiative aimed to address road freight pinch-points or ‘last mile’ problems.
“Fixing Country Roads will better connect freight facilities such as rail sidings, saleyards, silos, abattoirs, fuel depots and distribution centres to local road networks.
“More than 100 regional councils are eligible to apply, including Tamworth Regional and Gunnedah Shire in the Tamworth electorate.
“Two delegates from each council have been invited to attend the information session in Tamworth, which will focus on informing councils about the program’s selection criteria and the application process.
Mr Anderson said the volume of freight was forecast to nearly double over the next twenty years and Fixing Country Roads allowed local councils and industry to prioritise funding for projects to improve local road connections to key intermodal freight sites and hubs.
“Fixing Country Roads will remove 35 million vehicle-kilometres from freight road transport each year allowing more direct connections to move freight from paddock to port more efficiently,” Mr Anderson said.
“Regional NSW has been looking forward to more funding, and programs such as Fixing Country Roads are essential for local towns to grow and prosper.
“Fixing country bridges and roads will mean significantly fewer vehicle movements through country towns and provide councils and communities with much needed capital for the development of infrastructure projects to suit their unique local conditions,” Mr Anderson said.
Regional councils are encouraged to work closely with local industry to identify projects to help solve transport access issues and increase the State’s freight productivity.
“As freight places significant pressure on local roads and bridges the NSW Government has reserved $37.5 million in the 2014-15 State Budget for the Local Roads and Bridges aspect of the Fixing Country Roads initiative,” Mr Anderson said.
Expressions of Interest close on 04 August 2014. Shortlisted proposals will be invited to submit a full application and successful projects will be announced in late 2014.
More information on the Fixing Country Roads initiative is available at freight.transport.nsw.gov.au