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The NSW Government is lining up to fund more road improvements in regional NSW and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is encouraging local councils to apply for the Fixing Country Roads program to further boost our road network.

Mr Anderson said better country roads was a boost for the local economy and jobs as it meant smoother journeys for the region’s farming, manufacturing, and freight sectors.

“The last couple of years of wet weather have made it difficult for local roads with significant funding going towards repairs and maintenance of our damaged road network,” Mr Anderson said.

“The NSW Government is giving council’s a helping hand to fast-track projects with a new round of the $543 million Fixing Country Roads program.

“Previous rounds of this program have seen an incredible $43.6 million in upgrades delivered across the electorate including work to Clifton Road, Grain Valley Road, Appleby Lane, and Thunderbolts Way. I’m looking forward to supporting further funding applications so that we can build a better road network.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the new round of the $543 million program will focus on shovel-ready projects that will deliver immediate benefits to communities.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals are improving the State’s freight connections so food, produce and raw materials can be transported more quickly and cost effectively, ensuring produce gets to market and the economy keeps moving, not only now but well into the future,” Mr Farraway said.

“We want projects that build better, safer roads and bridges with higher speed and load limits that improve access for freight on the local and regional road network.

“Every 100km out of a truck driver’s way costs over $300, so helping councils to build the infrastructure that reduces travel times for industry will ultimately reduce costs for families.

Since 2014, over 80 regional NSW councils have received $462.5 million to carry out more than 320 individual projects, 260 of which have now been completed.

When all projects funded to date are completed, the Fixing Country Roads program will have provided an additional 1,889 kilometres of sealed road, saving $8.55 million in reduced maintenance costs for councils.  

Applications under the new round of Fixing Country Roads can be made until 5pm Friday 14 October.

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