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Wagga Wagga Takes Share Of Round 3 Fixing Country Roads Funding

Wagga Wagga Takes Share Of Round 3 Fixing Country Roads Funding

Almost 1500km of Lockhart Shire roads will be upgraded to provide access to heavy vehicle operators, as part of the NSW Government Fixing Country Roads Programs.

Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire today announced 67 projects across the state were successful under the Fixing Country Roads Program, including two projects from Lockhart Shire Council and Wagga Wagga City Council.

Mrs Pavey said the Fixing Country Roads Program supports local councils and communities such as Wagga Wagga.

“Regional NSW produces around 210 million tonnes of freight a year, with freight volume expected to double over the next 40 years,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This program targets regional road projects for investment and creates better connectivity on local roads and reduces the cost of getting goods to market for local businesses.

“We are continuing to fix the blackspots, seal our country roads and work with local councils through programs such as the Fixing Country Roads to deliver safety initiatives in regional areas.”

Mr Maguire said Lockhart Shire Council and Wagga Wagga City Council would collectively receive almost $2 million for important projects.

“HML vehicles can’t access the Lockhart Shire due to substandard road structures such as bridges and major culverts, with some failing to support Grain Harvest Management Scheme and Livestock Loading Scheme vehicles,” Mr Maguire said.

“The investment will see nine bridges upgraded in Lockhart, reducing operating costs for heavy vehicle operators and the number of heavy vehicles on the road and improving productivity by allowing the use of larger vehicles.

Wagga Wagga City Council received $868,168 by the NSW Government, alongside the council’s almost $300,000 contribution, to reconstruct 2.1kms of Byrnes Road from Bavin Road to East Bomen Road.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Greg Verdon from Lockhart Shire Council said the council would also contribute over $600,000 towards the project.

“Our roads carry our food, produce and raw materials that power, feed and provide for the community. This project will cut operating costs and save on maintenance for the local roads,” Cr Verdon said.

The NSW Government has set aside more than $1 billion for regional road and rail projects under its Fixing Country Roads, Fixing Country Rail and Bridges for the Bush programs.