$100m of road funding available

Go for it: Troy Grant is encouraging councils to apply for road funding.

Go for it: Troy Grant is encouraging councils to apply for road funding.

Dubbo Regional Council has a chance to apply for a share of $100 million for the third round of the Fixing Country Roads program.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant urged councils in his electorate to apply for upgrades to roads, bridges and truck washes.

“The first two rounds saw the NSW government commit more than $5.4 million for eight projects in our region, helping local councils assess and tackle freight bottlenecks that are costing local industries and businesses daily,” Mr Grant said.

“We are very happy to confirm that $100 million will be made available to eligible councils for projects they believe will deliver significant benefits to their local communities.

“Funding can go towards truck wash facilities and upgrades to our roads and bridges that will better link them to key freight hubs, like grain silos, saleyards, supermarket distribution centres and depots.

“It can also help us connect our local roads to major thoroughfares, like the Mitchell and Newell Highways.”

Mr Grant encouraged councils to submit an application for Fixing Country Roads, but to also consider all the co-funding options available to them and seek the support of local industry.

“By working together on Fixing Country Roads so far, the NSW government, Australian government, local councils and industry have turned $155 million into $339 million worth of infrastructure improvements for NSW,” Mr Grant said.

“I recommend councils throughout the Dubbo electorate consider applying for funding under federal government initiatives such as the Bridges Renewal Programme, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme and the Building Better Regions Fund.”

The $100 million Round Three instalment is part of a $543 million commitment for Fixing Country Roads from Rebuilding NSW, with funding to be progressively made available by the NSW government.

Applications will be open until 1 September 2017.

For information on the Fixing Country Roads funding criteria, program guidelines and how to submit an application visit freight.transport.nsw.gov.au

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