$2.31M road projects com­pleted

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

$2.31 mil­lion in ma­jor road up­grades have been com­pleted in the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area as part of the NSW Fix­ing Coun­try Road Pro­gram Mem­ber for Al­bury, Greg Aplin an­nounced.

“We’re com­mit­ted to boost­ing NSW’s $60 bil­lion freight in­dus­try through tar­geted in­vest­ments into key road up­grades that will make it eas­ier to move re­gional goods from pad­dock to port,” Mr Aplin said.

“The NSW Gov­ern­ment has con­trib­uted $1.41 mil­lion to these three Fed­er­a­tion Coun- cil projects through the Restart NSW Fix­ing Coun­try Roads pro­gram.”

Bull Plain Road, Days­dale Wal­bun­drie Road and the Fed­er­a­tion Way freight route con­nect lo­cal in­dus­try to state high­ways and ma­jor agri­cul­tural sup­pli­ers and stor­age and dis­tri­bu­tion fa­cil­i­ties in Oak­lands.

Sec­tions of these roads were of­ten un­suit­able for higher pro­duc­tiv­ity ve­hi­cles, with pave­ment fail­ures and high flood risks cre­at­ing in­ef­fi­ciency in the re­gional sup­ply chain.

The up­grades have re­moved these pinch points and re­duced con­straints on the move­ment of goods across south­ern NSW and be­yond.

These projects have been largely funded by the NSW Gov­ern­ment, with ad­di­tional funds pro­vided by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment and Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

Min­is­ter for Roads, Mar­itime and Freight Melinda Pavey said these works will pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the lo­cal agri­cul­ture in­dus­try.

“These up­grades will al­low for more ef­fi­cient trans­port of grain and other agri­cul­tural prod­ucts across the state – in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and cut­ting trans­port costs for pro­duc­ers,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The up­graded roads will im­prove ac­cess to ex­ist­ing mar­kets and open the door to new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Mem­ber for Al­bury, Greg Aplin, said the ben­e­fits of these projects will be felt across the wider com­mu­nity.

“By im­prov­ing pave­ment sur­faces, in­creas­ing road width and re­duc­ing flood risks, we are en­sur­ing our lo­cal roads are safe for ve­hi­cles of all sizes,” Mr Aplin said.

“These projects will limit on­go­ing road main­te­nance costs and elim­i­nate de­lays caused by pave­ment fail­ure and road­works.”

The NSW Gov­ern­ment has re­served $500 mil­lion for the Fix­ing Coun­try Roads pro­gram over mul­ti­ple fund­ing rounds.

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