Millions for Roads to Recovery funding in New England, Barnaby Joyce announces

ROADS: Walcha will receive $2.3 million for road maintenance from the Federal Government, New England Member Barnaby Joyce announced today.
ROADS: Walcha will receive $2.3 million for road maintenance from the Federal Government, New England Member Barnaby Joyce announced today.

Walcha Council will receive $2.3 million in Australian Government funding to help improve local roads, Member for New England Barnaby Joyce announced today.

“Roads are vital assets here in the New England,” Mr Joyce said, “and this funding to council will not only help improve safety and efficiency levels for all motorists but contribute to the economic growth of our communities as well.”

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The Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Program will provide more than $47 million to the electorate. The program helps councils maintain local road infrastructure, facilitating greater access and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.

Councils will receive the following amounts over the 2019−20 to 2023−24 period:

·         Tamworth Regional Council $10.6 million

·         Armidale Regional Council $6.1 million

·         Inverell Shire Council $5.1 million

·         Upper Hunter Shire Council $4.9 million

·         Gwydir Shire Council $4.7 million

·         Tenterfield Shire Council $4.1 million

·         Glen Innes Severn Council $3.4 million

·         Liverpool Plains Shire Council $3.4 million

·         Uralla Shire Council $2.3 million

·         Walcha Council $2.3 million

“This funding forms a key part of our commitment to upgrading Tamworth’s road network,” Mr Joyce said, “providing council with the ability to invest in local roads and works hand-in-glove with other road projects like our $3.5 million duplication of Jewry Street Bridge, which is fully funded by the Federal Coalition Government.

“We have also secured $4.5 million in funding to help build a new intersection near Tamworth airport which will cater to the anticipated future demand at the terminal.

“This is on top of recently completed road projects such as the $4.3 million upgrade of Appleby Lane and three new bridges which are now open to traffic.”

​Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Program would provide $2 billion to local government bodies across Australia from 2019−20 to 2023−24.

The allocations for the New England have been calculated using the proportion of Financial Assistance Grants that each local governing body receives, and updated assessments undertaken by local government grants commissions.