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Emergency Funds To Prioritise Regional Road Recovery

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

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With more than $700 million in new funds to build and maintain regional roads, the Minns Labour Government will prioritise investment on regional highways.

The total amount for road repairs will increase to $670 million under the 2023–24 Budget thanks to the creation of the Regional Emergency Road Repair amount (RERRF), which will give regional and rural councils direct access to $390 million for urgent road and pothole repairs.

Based on the total number of kilometres of regional and local roads that each of the 95 qualified regional councils and authorities is in charge of maintaining, the RERRF cash will be distributed among them.

According to Jenny Aitchsion, Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, this more equitable system aids councils in managing their roads and setting priorities for construction projects based on the needs of their communities, particularly those affected by natural catastrophes.

Heavy road patching, unsealed road forming and smoothing, work to increase drainage from the road surface, rehabilitation of individual sections of road, and resurfacing work are all examples of maintenance tasks that may be funded under the new programme.

The NSW Government will also establish a new $334 million Regional Roads Fund to assist councils in the construction of new roads and roundabouts, the replacement or repair of deteriorated bridges, and the enhancement of safety at crash hotspots in rural and regional areas.

With assistance from each council to repair their roads and construct the roads they need to support the development of their developing communities, the Minns Labour Government is giving a priority to putting our regional road networks back on track.

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