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Councils across the Calare electorate has received an extra $8.129 million in Federal Government funding to develop safer roads in the region under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery program (R2R).

The funding is part of the additional $138.9 million that has been allocated to drought-affected communities through the R2R program, and forms part of the Australian Government’s recently announced drought response package.

Funding has been allocated to the 128 local government areas with the aim of stimulating local economic activity through road infrastructure projects. Those councils are also receiving support under the federal Drought Communities Program.

The extra funding matches the allocation already made to local councils for the 2019-2020 financial year, and will be made available from January 2020. This brings the total allocation for Calare councils under the five-year Roads to Recovery program to $48.796 million.

“The drought has devastated our country communities,” Member for Calare, Andrew Gee said.

 “This extra roads funding is designed to stimulate local economic activity and improve local infrastructure by making our roads better and safer for country people. I’m looking forward to seeing some really worthwhile projects being put forward by our many local councils,” he said.

Additional funding in Calare is as follows:

  • Bathurst Regional Council - $1.248 million
  • Blayney Shire Council - $537,301
  • Cabonne Shire Council - $1.293 million
  • City of Lithgow Council - $796,800
  • Mid-Western Regional Council - $1.525 million
  • Oberon Shire Council - $584,514
  • Dubbo Regional Council - $2.146 million

“Improving roads is an issue very close to the hearts of country people, and this additional funding will make a real difference to the council area and be a very welcome and timely boost.”

From 2013-14 to 2023-24, the Government will provide $6.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an on-going commitment of $500 million each year following.