FIXING COUNTRY ROADS IN LISMORE,p>Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay joined Member for Lismore Thomas George to congratulate Kyogle Council and Tenterfield Shire Council on their successful Fixing Country Roads funding applications, which will receive a total of $2,345,000 from the NSW Government.
“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.”
Minister Gay said for 16 years under Labor freight was a dirty word and farmers, trucking companies and regional businesses were treated like second-class citizens.
“Under Labor, council-owned roads and bridges were allowed to deteriorate at such an alarming rate the growth of regional economies was being held back.”
“Labor is, and always has been a road to nowhere for the people of country NSW.”
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.
Minister Gay said this was a prime example of taking politics out of infrastructure funding; not to mention utilising the knowledge and expertise of recognised industry leaders from country NSW.
“The NSW Government is working closely with both local government and industry to reverse a $4 billion backlog – left by Labor – in critical council-owned road infrastructure.”