Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter has highlighted that the NSW Government uses a number of funding methods to assist local councils in managing regional road infrastructure which is vital to the success of any community, having committed a total of $56,684,000 in funding to Dungog recently.
Mr Johnsen said funding is administered by Roads and Maritime Services through a number of programs including the Regional Road Block Grant, the Regional Roads REPAIR Program, Fixing Country Roads and the NSW Road Safety Strategy.
“Each of these programs are used by the NSW Government to administer much needed funding to develop more efficient and safer projects and infrastructure, to adequately address the needs of each region,” Mr Johnsen said.
“In our Dungog Shire for example, the NSW Government has provided $6.8 million in Block Grants and $1.3 million under the REPAIR program in the five years to 2016-17.
“This financial year, Dungog Shire Council was allocated with a further $1,239,000 in Block Grant funding and $250,000 under the REPAIR program for road rebuilding work on Main Road 101.”
Mr Johnsen said a further $20 million was provided to upgrade Raymond Terrace to Dungog Road, of which $13.2 million was spent in the Dungog local government area.
“Work is driving ahead on a NSW Government funded $10 million upgrade of eight sections of Main Road 101 between Tocal and Dungog which is under construction by council,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Our Dungog community has been hit hard with wet weather and natural disasters in recent years.
“As such, around $11 million has been provided for the repair and maintenance of our vital Regional and Local roads in the five years to 2016-17 to keep Dungog moving.”
Mr Johnsen said Fixing Country Roads is in its fourth year and is currently receiving 2018 applications for funding. Fixing Country Roads provides targeted infrastructure funding from Restart NSW for regional freight projects.
“To date $252 million has been made available to projects across regional NSW from the $543 million allocated for the program,” Mr Johnsen said.
“In the most recent round of funding, more than $1.6 million was awarded for the replacement of two timber bridges across the Allyn River at Allynbrook. A further $2 million was awarded for the replacement of two timber bridges across the Paterson River at Gresford and Lostock.
“In total, Dungog Shire Council has been awarded more than $9 million for three projects from Fixing Country Roads,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
See below for a list of NSW Government funded pedestrian and safety improvement projects in the Dungog Shire Council:
NSW Safer Roads State Blackspot Program
- Safety improved on Gresford Road, 2.2 kilometres north of Paterson, with a $100,000 Grant to Council through the NSW Safer Roads State Blackspot program
- Safety improved on Stroud Hill and Majors Creek roads at Stroud Hill with a $125,000 Grant to Council through the NSW Safer Roads State Blackspot program.
NSW Walking Community Fund
- Pedestrian safety improved at the intersection of Dowling and Hooke streets at Dungog with a $70,000 Grant to Council through the NSW Walking Community Fund.
Further information about Local Council grant programs is available at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/business-industry/partners-suppliers/lgr/grant-programs/index.html