EXTRA TIME TO APPLY FOR FIXING COUNTRY ROADS FUNDING
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today encouraged Local Councils in the Tamworth Electorate to get their Expressions of Interest (EOI) in for Round Two of Fixing Country Roads, highlighting the EOI closing date has been extended and will close up on Wednesday 16 December 2015.
“Councils now have an extra four days to lodge their application to get their share of $50million in road funding. Round Two will help to fix freight pinch points on local and regional roads across NSW and I don’t want councils in my area to miss out,” Mr Anderson said.
“Since June this year, the NSW Government has run more than 23 grant writing workshops across the state to assist councils with their applications and has had more than 350 staff from almost 100 councils attend.”
A workshop was held in Tamworth on the 27th of November to ensure councils have an opportunity to access funds.
Following the EOI Round, applicants will be shortlisted by the independent panel (including Local Government NSW, Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association, NSW Farmers, NRMA) to complete a more detailed funding application.
Round One was a huge success which turned $43million funding into close to $100 million in infrastructure benefits.
“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’re seeing great results and I think we can do even better in Round Two.” Mr Anderson concluded.
The official closing date for applications is now Wednesday 16th December.
Note: The $50million Round Two installment 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 the state’s poles and wires is transacted.