Funding offered for fixing country roads

LISMORE MP Thomas George has called for expressions of interest from local governments for Fixing Country Roads funding.

This is a $37.5 million Restart NSW initiative targeted at improving the local roads connecting the region's towns and unlocking their economic potential.

"With the volume of freight forecast to nearly double over the next twenty years, 'Fixing Country Roads - Local Roads and Bridges' complements what is already underway in regional NSW, " Mr George said.

"More than 100 regional councils are eligible to apply, including Lismore City, Kyogle, Tweed and Tenterfield in my electorate.

"Regional NSW has been looking forward to more infrastructure funding, and programs such as "Fixing Country Roads - Local Roads and Bridges" are essential for local towns to grow and prosper.

"Industry support and collaboration is particularly important, and I call upon local industry bodies to assist councils with access to key data, including business needs analysis, freight movements, co-contribution and operating limitations."

Fixing Country Roads - Local Roads and Bridges projects will be assessed on four program criteria at freight.transport.nsw.gov.au.

Expressions of interest close on Monday, 4 August. Shortlisted proposals will be invited to submit a full application and those successful will be announced late 2014.



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