Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Member for Bega Andrew Constance is pleased to announce that Bega Valley Shire Council will receive $3,542,401 in NSW Government funding under the fixing Country Roads program to finalise sealing works on West Kameruka Road.

Mr Constance said this is great news for our region; West Kameruka Road is one that has had great community support and I am pleased to announce that the road will now be completely sealed.

“We are always looking at ways to move goods and people more effectively and efficiently across our road networks and this will be a good result for the community,” said Mr Constance.

“Calls from our community to see this critical road upgraded have been heard, and now with this funding we can make that happen.

“The $3.5 million works to be undertaken on West Kameruka Road are wholly funded by the NSW Government, and further highlights our commitment to rural and regional roads.”

“Economic growth in rural areas relies on agricultural commodities, industrial products, natural resources and people being able to move to safely and efficiently, this essential road upgrade will facilitate that,” Mr Constance said.

“I would also remind people, that whilst we are providing these upgrades, West Kameruka Road is still apart of our regional road network, when sealed, that should not be forgotten; the sealing works are not for people to treat it like a racetrack, but to appreciate the benefits that it will provide in safer travel,” said Mr Constance.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey, said that safe and reliable roads are essential to maintaining our standard of living and will continue to be a priority for the NSW Government.

“Regional NSW produces around 210 million tonnes of freight a year, with freight volume expected to increase by 25 per cent over the next 40 years,” Mrs Pavey said.

“That is why the Government is investing a further $92 million towards the Fixing Country Roads program targeting significant regional projects.”

The latest round of funding is the biggest announcement under the program to date and is part of a $500 million commitment to regional communities under the Restart NSW program.

Cr Kristy McBain, Mayor Bega Valley Shire Council said the funding under the NSW Government Fixing Country Roads Program allows a great partnership between Council and Government to see the local road upgrades our community needs delivered.”

“This project will improve road safety and transport efficiency for those vehicles using this section of West Kameruka Road every year,” Cr McBain said.

The Fixing Country Road program complements the Fixing Country Rail initiative, with both focusing on improving freight infrastructure and efficiency across the state.

The NSW Government has set aside more than $1 billion for regional road and rail projects under its Fixing Country Roads, Fixing Country Rail and Bridges for the Bush programs.