Some of the Eurobodalla’s worst roads and set to become safer after the announcement of a $1.38 million funding boost for upgrades and maintenance last week.
Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis met with Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Liz Innes, announcing a list of roads to be resealed and re-sheeted.
“Our roads are some of the busiest in NSW, especially during school holidays and our continual investment in improving road surfaces, intersections and vehicle capacity is non-negotiable,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
“The objective of Roads to Recovery is to contribute to the Infrastructure Investment Programme through supporting maintenance of local roads and creating improved safety, economic and social outcomes.
“I have been working day and night to make sure we as a community get the funding needed to improve the Eurobodalla’s local roads.
“A strong relationship between the local council and the Federal Government is crucial for safer communities.”
Mayor Liz Innes was thrilled that the road funding had come through and thanked the Mrs Sudmalis for her work done behind the scenes to get the job done.
“We are exceptionally gratefully here in the Eurobodalla to have this type of funding come through, working with your office, and working with your government,” Cr Innes said.
“At the end of the day, these projects make our roads safer.
“Working collectively together we can make our roads a much safer place.”
From 2013-14 to 2020-21 the Government will provide $4.4 billion under the Roads to Recovery programme, to be distributed to Australia's local councils and state and territory governments responsible for local roads.
Roads to Recovery allocations for the councils in each jurisdiction have been determined on the basis of the recommendations of the Local Government Grants Commissions in each state.
The Australian Government will provide $1.86 billion to the programme from 2017-18 to 2020-21.
In 2016, the Government extended the programme to provide a further $50 million per annum from 2019-20 onwards, bringing the annual commitment to $400 million.
Included in the projects is the replacement of Runnyford Bridge at Runnyford (see below) as part of a $950,000 replacement funded largely through Roads to Recovery.
The project is expected to be completed by December 2017, with the existing bridge demolished to allow for the building of a new timber structure.
Other major improvements will take place on roads in Long Beach, Surfside, Batemans Bay, Catalina, Batehaven, Tomakin, Mossy Point and Moruya.
Eurobodalla Shire Roads to Recovery projects:
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