Barnaby Joyce

Roads to Recovery funding continues in New England

26 May 2017


•The Federal Budget delivers $16.7 million for Roads to Recovery projects across the New England.
•Investment will support the region's economy, allowing local business owners to get goods to market quicker.

 

Roads to Recovery funding in the New England Electorate will continue with $16.7 million committed for projects across the ten local council areas in the Electorate, Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said today.

 

With close to $200 million committed for the New England Electorate for road projects alone, Mr Joyce said the upgrades and improvements would facilitate the movement of goods via the road network creating a stronger local economy for residents.

 

“The road funding in the recent Federal Budget is a record investment in infrastructure, particularly in the New England Electorate, where it will improve connectivity, productivity, and liveability for local people,” Mr Joyce said.

 

“I’m particularly pleased with the funding commitment for Roads to Recovery, which is a critical programme that local councils rely on to improve and maintain urban and rural road networks.

 

“This Government is serious about improving the lives of people in rural and regional areas and by providing funding for roads that allows improvements in the flow of goods and services we are ensuring this happens through the strengthening of local economies.”

 

More than $16.7 million has also been committed for Roads to Recovery projects across the 10 councils in the New England Electorate. These include:

Some of the projects that are funded in the 2017-18 financial year in the New England under the programme include the following:

Other projects currently or soon underway include:

The Australian Government in the 2017-18 Budget committed $350 million towards the Roads to Recovery programme, with a further $50 million per annum from 2019-20 on-wards, bringing the annual commitment to $400 million.

 

Roads to Recovery ensures every council in Australia receives funding to maintain the nation’s local road infrastructure. The programme has been secured with $4.4 billion over 2013-14 to 2020-21. 

 

"The Budget also saw funding committed to a range of other local road projects such as the $55 million New England Highway-Bolivia Hill Realignment, $10 million towards the New England Highway-Tenterfield Heavy Vehicle Bypass, $3.5 million for the upgrade of the Jewry Street Bridge in Tamworth and $12 million towards the Mt Lindesay Road -Legume to Woodenbong,” Mr Joyce said.

 

"This goes hand-in-hand with projects soon or already underway, such as the $65 million delivered for the Scone Bypass, $5.4 million for the MR358 road between Merriwa and Willow Tree and the $1.56 million for the Appleby Lane upgrade in Tamworth.”

 

For other projects being delivered in your region, visit: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/


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