Paul Toole, Steph Cooke and Rick Firman stand close together next to a road in Temora Shire.
Minister Paul Toole, Steph Cooke MP and Cr Rick Firman

The Member for Cootamundra today announced $990,360 for the upgrade of Morangarell Road in the Temora Shire through the latest round of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program.

The grant is part of a state-wide injection of $86 million being invested into road, bridge and truck wash projects across regional parts of the state.

Steph Cooke MP said this grant would see the NSW Government funding 80% of the overall project, and showed the Government’s commitment to making country roads safer.  

“I am so pleased the Temora Shire Council has been successful in securing just shy of a million dollars for the Morangarell Road upgrade,” Ms Cooke said.

“This road is an important freight link in the Temora Shire and this upgrade will make it better, more efficient and most importantly safer for all road users.

Mayor of Temora Shire Cr Rick Firman said he was delighted with the funding.

“We are so grateful to Steph Cooke our local member, to Minister Paul Toole and to the NSW Government for this remarkable amount of money,” Cr Firman said.

“This Fixing Country Roads program is crucial to the heart and soul of rural communities, roads are so vital for our communities.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Fixing Country Roads was a $543 million program which aimed to unlock the economic potential of regional NSW.

“These projects deliver important benefits for all regional road users – from passengers to producers and from heavy truck drivers to the local school bus – who all use our local and regional roads,” Mr Toole said.

“They look to repair, strengthen, widen and seal roads, as well as strengthening, widening or replacing existing bridges and culverts. These projects are important in supporting the regional freight task in NSW, which is expected to increase by 12 percent to 286 million tonnes by 2036.”