Weddin receives road funds

Weddin Shire Council will receive over $4.3 million from the Federal and State Government for the new Forbes Road upgrade in an announcement made recently.

Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said councils across the Riverina and Cootamundra electorates would share in more than $10 million in road funding to help local councils tackle the increasing amount of work required to provide safe roads for their communities.

"More than $10 million is being delivered to councils which the Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and I share - Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Cowra, Hilltops, Junee, Temora and Weddin," Mr McCormack said.

"Safe reliable roads are essential infrastructure for communities in regional NSW - by improving roads, we are making a big difference to people's lives in ensuring they get home sooner and safer."

State Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the injection in to local economies is a welcome boost.

"This is a huge investment in to improving the safety of our local roads and in to getting our local economies back on track," Ms Cooke said.

"As someone who clocks up thousands of kilometres each month on the Cootamundra electorate's roads I know there is a huge need for this work to ensure every motorist gets home safely.

"This is a great partnership between the NSW and Commonwealth Governments and I am so pleased we are seeing this support for our communities."

Round 1 of the Fixing Local Roads Program saw $243.6 million of joint funding allocated to 253 projects in 83 Local Government Areas, and Round 2 will see $150 million allocated to more than 100 road projects in 90 Local Government Areas.

All successful projects will be completed within two years to ensure local communities see the benefits as quickly as possible.

Applications for Round 2 of the program were open from 2 November until 11 December 2020.

Guidelines and a factsheet can be found at https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/.