The Federal government has announced a $47 million funding injection in a bid to fix roads across the New England and North West, as part of the government’s $2 billion Roads to Recovery program.
The Federal government’s Roads to Recovery program aims to help councils maintain local road infrastructure, facilitating greater access and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.
According to New England MP Barnaby Joyce, it would complement ongoing road projects in the region.
“This funding forms a key part of our commitment to upgrading Tamworth’s road network, providing council with the ability to invest in local roads and works hand-in-glove with other road projects like our $3.5 million duplication of Jewry Street bridge, which is fully funded by the Federal coalition government,” Joyce told Fairfax Regional Media.
“Roads are vital assets here in the New England, and this funding to council will not only help improve safety and efficiency levels for all motorists but contribute to the economic growth of our communities as well.”
The allocation for the New England have been calculated using the proportion of Financial Assistance Grants that each local governing body receives, and updated assessments undertaken by local government grants commissions.
Councils will receive the following amounts over the 2019-20 to 2023-24 period:
- Tamworth Regional Council: $10.6 million
- Armidale Regional Council: $6.1 million
- Inverell Shire Council: $5.1 million
- Upper Hunter Shire Council: $4.9 million
- Gwydir Shire Council: $4.7 million
- Tenterfield Shire Council: $4.1 million
- Glen Innes Severn Council: $3.4 million
- Liverpool Plains Shire Council: $3.4 million
- Uralla Shire Council: $2.3 million
- Walcha Council: $2.3 million