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The Cootamundra electorate is set to benefit from the Australian and New South Wales Governments’ commitment to improving local roads and create thousands of local jobs in the regions, with Round 2 of the accelerated Fixing Local Roads program opening today.

Steph Cooke, Member for Cootamundra said this much-needed money for local projects will make a huge difference in people’s everyday lives right across the Cootamundra electorate

“We can already see projects from Round 1 commencing throughout the region and with this injection of funds, even more Cootamundra electorate communities will be able to see the benefits of this program.

A total of $21,839,163 was invested in 43 road projects across all nine Local Government Areas in the Cootamundra electorate in the first round,” Steph Cooke said.

Ms Cooke said Fixing Local Roads was helping councils repair, maintain and seal the roads that really mattered to regional communities.

“This is about delivering small projects that can make a big difference for local communities – projects that will drive valuable jobs in our region over the next 12 months as councils get cracking on delivery,” Steph Cooke said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s commitment would ensure that more local road projects were delivered to create more local employment.

  • generate more jobs and stimulate local economies,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“It will mean smoother, safer trips to school, work or even the shops and most importantly, it will create much-needed jobs in hundreds of communities.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government had accelerating its funding for the program to get more projects to seal, maintain and repair local roads under way faster.

“We’re not just putting our foot down in terms of delivering this package – we’re turbocharging it to ensure we create jobs and create better journeys on the roads that really matter to local communities,” Mr Toole said.

Applications for round two of the program are open until Friday 4 December 2020.

Projects will need to start this financial year and be delivered within two years, to ensure local communities see the benefits as quickly as possible.

Updated guidelines and a factsheet for Round 2 of Fixing Local Roads can be found here www.rms.nsw.gov.au/fixinglocalroads