Vital road infrastructure projects that have benefitted from an $8.1 million cash injection from the Australian Government in the Calare electorate in 2020 are now close to completion.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, the Hon Andrew Gee today inspected the completed Carlwood Road project and the newly asphalted section of road.
“This is great news for local residents who have been fighting for a long time for this road to be sealed, and for farmers getting their produce to market,” Mr Gee said.
“The $380,000 grant to Oberon Council has resulted in rehabilitated pavement, drainage and bitumen on both east and west ends of Carlwood Road.
“Carlwood Road has tremendous historic value – it was constructed by Lieutenant William Cox in the early 1800s and formed part of the original road linking Sydney to the west. I know history buffs retracing the steps of the early NSW colony will also appreciate this road improvement.
Oberon Council Mayor, Cr Kathy Sajowitz said that this much needed grant has enabled Council deliver on road upgrades and maintenance.
“Council is pleased to see the Australian Government’s commitment to upgrading local roads through the allocation of funding under the Local Roads Community Infrastructure Program.
“Residents have been lobbying for this upgrade for quite some time and will benefit from the safety improvements this project has delivered along Carlwood Road.
“The funding allocation has enabled Council to extend the sealed road network by 800 metres on the Eastern end of Carlwood Road and 1.3km on the Western end of the road network, a very pleasing result, Cr Sajowitz” said.
Mr Gee said the Local Roads Community Infrastructure Program has funded more than $8 million worth of projects in the electorate of Calare.
“Local road projects to be delivered under the program include construction or improving bridges, street lighting and heavy vehicle facilities such as rest areas, Mr Gee said.