Roads across the Bathurst region are being made safer thanks to an $8 million Australian Government investment through the Roads to Recovery programme.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the direct funding from the Australian Government meant local roads received much-needed safety upgrades and repairs.
“Building better and safer roads can change lives and it can save lives. This project is a great example of how our Roads to Recovery programme is making a huge difference to roads throughout the nation, making them safer for all drivers. Roads to Recovery is a critical funding programme for Councils, giving them the ability to fix and upgrade roads which are a local priority,” Mr Chester said.
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said such a significant investment would give the Council power to plan where and when upgrades happened.
“It’s tremendous to see upwards of $8 million flowing to the Council over five years, from 2014-15 to 2018-19. It gives them the security of knowing the money is there to pay for works such as road widening, sealing, new kerbs and gutter systems, and stormwater drainage,” Mr Gee said.
“I’m working with the Bathurst Regional Council to make these roads safer and more reliable for everyone. Good, safe roads are the lifeblood of regional communities – it means local drivers have safer conditions and local businesses can operate more efficiently.
“So far, our funding has been used to realign and seal a 1.1km section of Gormans Hill Road and to widen, create new pavement and seal another 1.4km section of that road. As well as these two projects, the Council has put our money to good use by using it to get another 16 projects in the region underway. That’s a lot of roadwork being done in the local area thanks to the Roads to Recovery programme.”
Bathurst Regional Council Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the funding would lift the quality of local road infrastructure, benefiting the entire community.
“I am thrilled that our roads will receive the helping hand they deserve. Projects that are currently underway or that have been delivered through this funding in recent years include the rehabilitation, realignment, widening, sealing and reconstruction of roads,” Cr Hanger said.
“Ensuring residents have good transport connections is a top priority and Roads to Recovery funding is an essential part of Council’s ability to meet the needs of the community.”
More information on the programme is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/r2r