The Deputy Prime Minister and the Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said Roads to Recovery funding announced by the Tamworth Regional Council will inject more than $2.5 million into local roads programs for up to four years.
Mr Joyce said the Roads to Recovery [R2R] programme is appreciated by local councils because it allows them to direct local road funding to where it is needed most.
He said the decision by the Australian Government in its 2015 Federal Budget detailed a double allocation of Roads to Recovery funding for the 2015-16 financial year, which was paying dividends for TRC ratepayers.
“For councils across the New England Electorate, this means double the funding to get on with important road and street works and more jobs for locals,” he said.
Tamworth Regional Council’s current list of projects using R2R funding, as well as Section 94 and reserve funds is extensive, Mr Joyce said, with projects like an upgrade to a causeway in Johnston Street between Bligh and Dean Streets that would be funded with $350,000 from the R2R programme.
He said an allocation of $200,000 will see upgrading work in Station Street in Kootingal near the Bowling Club.
Two sections of Forest Road have been allocated R2R funding with $150,000 of line-marking to be applied in the Monterey Street section and $400,000 will be used for new works near Browns Lane.
“The Council will invest $150,000 a year for four years on Davidsons Lane to realign a dogleg, widen roadside batters on a narrow section of Glenbarra Road and also on the Limbri to Weabonga Road.
“Causeway upgrades on Oxley Lane, Glenbarra Road and Jump-Up Road will be allocated $100,000 a year over a four-year period and a further $100,000 a year for four years will be invested in minor improvement works like new drainage culverts in various areas,” Mr Joyce said.
“Our councils and the communities they serve rely on Roads to Recovery funding for local road construction and repairs, ensuring that local knowledge delivers local results,” Mr Joyce said.
Mr Joyce said the Australian Government supports local governments to provide vital infrastructure and services through its $9.3 billion Financial Assistance Grants, $300 million Bridges Renewal, $500 million Black Spot, $200 million Heavy Vehicle Safety & Productivity and $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery Programmes.
“All up, the Australian Government is making a massive commitment to local roads to improve the lives of people, makes business more efficient and give our community the better, safer and more reliable infrastructure people deserve,” he said.