Kyabram Free Press

Unsealed roads target of $150m program

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Unsealed roads throughout remote Australia – many of which haven’t been upgraded since the Great Depression – are the target of a new $150 million Federal Government safety program.

Under the Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program, local councils and shires will be offered between 80 and 100 per cent of project funding to upgrade unsealed roads and improve safety, with works that could include resurfacin­g, removing dangerous corners, and vegetation management.

Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum said the funding would make a real difference to rural and regional communitie­s.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government recognises that local government­s bear the brunt of the often significan­t costs of upgrading rural and regional roads, and we are stepping in to back councils to undertake crucial works,” Mr Drum said.

“We will partner with local government to deliver this funding and address many neglected roads that most people don’t see.

“Everyone should have access to local community centres, including schools and medical care, and nobody should be cut off from their township because of the condition of the roads.”

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