Kevin Humphries

FUNDING ACCESS IN SUPPORT OF THE DROUGHT RELIEF

Thursday, 14 February 2018

• NSW Government providing grants of up to $300,000 towards costs of maintenance and improvements on council roads, e.g. shoulder repairs, road surface repairs and signage
• Recently completed projects which improve freight access for drought relief can be considered
• Improvements will be made to freight links that provide relief to other parts of the local road network

The Coonamble Shire, Warren Shire and Warrumbungle Shire councils will be receiving much needed funds to support the increased movement of stock, feed and water as part of the drought relief package from NSW Government.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said the NSW Government has been working in partnership with Local Government NSW to evaluate submissions received by councils across the state.

“Eligible councils can apply for up to $300,000 to help with road maintenance and improvements to accommodate increased freight movements,”

The Drought Relief Heavy Vehicle Access Program was announced on 21 October 2018 and offers an additional $15 million toward the cost of maintenance and minor improvement work on council roads and roadsides.

“These improvements will contribute to heavy vehicle access, in support of the drought relief task,” Mr Humphries added.

“The changes will support farmers impacted by the drought by improving heavy vehicle access on local roads, which has increased as a result of the drought conditions.”

Kevin Humphries said in January 2019, 23 submissions from 20 different councils across NSW were approved for funding under round one of the program. This second round of evaluations will see an additional 18 submissions from 12 councils approved.

“All project submissions were assessed against the program criteria and are recommended for funding, bringing the total value of work committed to about $10 million.

“Submissions will continue to be assessed on a regular basis until the $15 million allocation is exhausted. The next evaluation is planned for March 2019,” Mr Humphries concluded.

The NSW Government has committed to providing:
• $300,000 to Coonamble Shire Council to improve Castlereagh Street
• $300,000 to Warren Shire Council to improve Nevertire-Bogan and Tottenham roads
• Warrumbungle Shire Council to improve the following roads – $112,850 for Leaders Road and $187,150 for Turee Vale Road

Further information about the program is available at this Roads and Maritime webpage, emailing roadfreight@rms.nsw.gov.au.

In July last year, the Liberals and Nationals in government announced a $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package, taking the NSW Liberals & Nationals total drought support to more than $1.5 billion.

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