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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP

CASH IN THE BANK TO HELP UPPER HUNTER ELECTORATE COUNCILS REPAIR ROADS USED EVERY DAY

Nationals’ MP Dave Layzell has welcomed more funding for councils across the Upper Hunter electorate as part of the $500 million Regional and Local Roads Repair Program to fix more potholes.


Mr Layzell said four local council will share in more than $7 million to fix council owned roads.


“This is all about fixing the roads you use every day,” Mr Layzell said.


“Driving around the Upper Hunter electorate we have all seen just how bad the potholes have become.


“That’s why the NSW Nationals announced the Regional and Local Roads Repair Program to fix the potholes on council roads right across the state.


“This funding builds on the funding the NSW Nationals in Government have already provided councils through the $50 million announced late last year under the Fixing Local Roads Pothole Repair Round, the $500 million Fixing Local Roads program, the $543 million Fixing Country Roads program, the $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program as well as block grants.


The Regional and Local Roads Repair Program allocations are:

· Upper Hunter Shire Council - $3,200,739;

· Singleton Council - $1,657,912;

· Dungog Shire Council - $1,316,032; and,

· Muswellbrook Shire Council - $1,132,247


Gloucester and Stroud will benefit from a share of the $6,618,447 allocated to MidCoast Council.


Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the injection of funds means councils can plan and undertake work now to restore roads and help protect against reoccurring problems


“After we announced our initial $50 million injection to help fix potholes across regional NSW in November a number of councils sat down with me and asked for additional help and funding,” Mr Farraway said.


“We listened and managed to secure an additional $280 million for regional councils. We also provided cash advances for emergency disaster funding to eligible councils and have diverted Transport for NSW road crews to help fix local roads.


“Since 2019, we have invested $1.8 billion into fixing the local roads you use to make your daily life easier.


“I encourage councils to get the deeds signed quickly so that funding for your local and regional roads gets to you sooner for essential repairs to get underway.”


PICTURE CAPTION: Singleton Council warning sign Retreat Rd Wattle Ponds.




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