Newbridge residents can look forward to smoother travel and less risk on the sharp bends on Newbridge Road after a $537,301 investment under the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program (LRCI).
The funding will go towards widening of shoulders on an 850m stretch of the narrow Newbridge Road, pavement strengthening and the correction of the road surface shape.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee inspected the project site with Blayney Shire Council representatives and the Minister for Local Government, Mark Coulton on Tuesday.
“Newbridge Road is the key link between Blayney and Newbridge,” Mr Gee said.
“Locals travel on this road every day to reach essential services in Blayney. It’s a key piece of infrastructure for the community.
“Rehabilitation of this road will make it much safer and smoother transforming what’s currently a very poor section of the road.
“The project is an excellent use of the grant allocation under the LRCIP, which is designed to invest in communities to help them recover from the economic impact of COVID-19,” Mr Gee said.
Minister for Local Government, Mark Coulton said councils have long been a capable and essential partner in delivering the essential infrastructure and services Australians need to thrive, and councils play a particularly important role in regional areas.
“Councils are well positioned to get local projects like this under way quickly, as part of national efforts to boost jobs and support communities and small business,” Minister Coulton said.
“I know how important it is to support communities who have faced the effects of drought and now COVID-19, which is why we are backing projects, here in Calare and across the nation, creating employment and business opportunities.”
Minister Coulton said the project would support 15 jobs during construction.
Deputy Mayor of Blayney Shire Council, Cr Allan Ewin welcomed the funding for improvements to such an essential road for the Newbridge community.
“We are very appreciative of the funding to improve the safety Newbridge Road. It is an important connection between Blayney and the village of Newbridge,” Cr Ewin said.
Nationals Senator for New South Wales Perin Davey said this announcement is great news for the local community.
“The Morrison-McCormack Government is driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects around the country and it is fantastic Newbridge Road is one them.
“Not only will this project improve the trip for motorists between Newbridge and Blayney, it will also create job opportunities, as we start our economic recovery post COVID-19,” Senator Davey said.
On 22 May 2020 the Australian Government announced a new $500 million Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI Program).
Through the 2020–21 Budget, the Australian Government announced a $1 billion extension of the LRCI Program, following strong community and local government support.
This program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.