Member for Bega Andrew Constance is pleased to announce that Eurobodalla Shire Council will receive $688,204 in NSW Government funding under the fixing Country Roads program for road widening and culvert repairs on Cullendulla Drive.
Mr Constance said this is great news for our region as we look at ways to move goods and people more effectively and efficiently across our road networks.
The investment into Cullendulla Drive should also aide in reducing costs to business and industry, while driving our economic growth through better access.
“Economic growth in rural areas relies on agricultural commodities, industrial products, natural resources and people being able to move to safely and efficiently,” Mr Constance said.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey, said that safe and reliable roads are essential to maintaining our standard of living and will continue to be a priority for the NSW Government.
“Regional NSW produces around 210 million tonnes of freight a year, with freight volume expected to increase by 25 per cent over the next 40 years,” Mrs Pavey said.
“That is why the Government is investing a further $92 million towards the Fixing Country Roads program targeting significant regional projects.”
The latest round of funding is the biggest announcement under the program to date and is part of a $500 million commitment to regional communities under the Restart NSW program.
The Cullendulla Drive Culvert extension and road widening was jointly funded, with $668,204 from the NSW Government, $385,400 contributed by Eurobodalla Shire Council and $202,021 from the Australian Government.
Cr Liz Innes, Mayor Eurobodalla Shire Council said the council was proud to contribute $385,400 towards the project.
“The funding under the NSW Government Fixing Country Roads Program allows a great partnership between Council and Government to see the local road upgrades our community needs delivered,” Cr Innes said.
“This project will improve road safety and transport efficiency for the 1.3 million vehicle trips using this section of Cullendulla Drive every year. We’ve heard the calls from our community to see this critical road and culvert upgraded, and now with this funding we can make that happen,” Cr Innes said.
The Fixing Country Road program complements the Fixing Country Rail initiative, with both focusing on improving freight infrastructure and efficiency across the state.
The NSW Government has set aside more than $1 billion for regional road and rail projects under its Fixing Country Roads, Fixing Country Rail and Bridges for the Bush programs. Media Release