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Half a billion dollar spending boost for NSW roads

The NSW Government has announced $500 million will be made available to the Regional and Local Roads Repair program tasked with repairing roads damaged by recent months of extreme weather events

An urgent desire to keep traffic flowing safely and smoothly across NSW’s vast road network has driven the state’s premier Dominic Perrottet to dig into the treasury coffers and offer assistance to local councils as they move to fix potholes in their regions.

“We have listened to councils and we understand the pressure they are under from many months of wet weather,” Perrottet says.

“This funding boost will help councils continue the huge job of bringing roads back up to scratch to keep our state moving.

“We are making sure our roads are in the best nick possible so NSW families, truckies, farmers and tradies can travel around our state safely.”

NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole says the road network has taken a battering, with hundreds of thousands of potholes reported across the state and some roads washed away by landslips.

“Families who hit the road during Christmas would have seen first-hand the scale of the damage caused by last year’s flooding and rain,” Toole says.

“This $500 million boost is on top of the $50 million already provided by the Government to help regional councils carry out emergency pothole repairs.

“Since the February (2022) floods, we have repaired more than 170,000 potholes across regional NSW alone.

“This additional funding will help repair hundreds of thousands more, right across the state.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway says the application process is simple and the cash will be available immediately so councils can get on with the job of urgently restoring the state’s road network.

“The new funding will start landing in councils’ bank accounts within weeks so work can begin right away on repairing the essential roads locals, tourists and freight operators use every day,” Farraway says.

“We understand that it’s not just about financial assistance, manpower is also needed, which is why the Government has already redeployed 200 Transport for NSW crews to Western NSW to help in the worst-impacted areas.”

Funding under the $500 million Regional and Local Roads Repair Program is available to Local Government areas in both Greater Sydney and Regional NSW.

Repair work must be carried out by 31 December 2023.

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