Bland Shire Council's Will Marsh, Ray Smith, Brian Monaghan and Steph Cooke MP stand in front of a road sign telling the distance to Lake Cargelligo and West Wyalong.
Bland Shire Council’s Will Marsh, Ray Smith, Brian Monaghan and Steph Cooke MP

More than $3.1 million will soon be making roads safer around the Cootamundra Electorate thanks to funding from the NSW Government.

Motorists will soon benefit from a suite of safety measures rolling out across the region with $3,114,959 for five projects, through round three of the Safer Roads Program.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said safety barriers, rumble strips and road shoulders were some of the measures that would help keep motorists safe.

“I spend half my life travelling the roads around the Cootamundra Electorate and know first-hand how dangerous some of them can be. That’s why I’m so pleased the NSW Government is funding these improvements,” Ms Cooke said.

“This is a serious investment from the Government and a clear sign that they are listening to the needs of our communities.”

“One death on our roads is one too many, and that’s why we’re investing in life-saving measures across our road network to see that every motorist who sets off on a journey makes it home.”

New projects receiving funding during the next financial year include:

  • $1.06 million toward Lake Cargelligo Road to install barriers, profile edge line, road marking and other safety measures, through Saving Lives on Country Roads
  • $832,354 toward Belmore Street and Gundagai Road to install a pedestrian refuge and upgrade the intersection from a give-way to a stop through Liveable and Safe Urban Communities
  • $510,300 toward Wombat-Harden Road to install new curse and advisory speed signs and improve the sealed shoulder through Saving Lives on Country Roads
  • $462,305 toward Henry Lawson Way to install Install curve alignment markers, barriers and improve sealed shoulder through Saving Lives on Country Roads
  • $250,000 toward Wombat Street to install a roundabout through Saving Lives on Country Roads

Existing projects receiving additional funding during the next financial year include:

  • An additional $400,000 toward the $4.21 million improvements to the Olympic Highway through Saving Lives on Country Roads

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said this latest round of funding would see 207 new projects commence, bringing the total to $258 million for work on 383 projects next financial year.

“These are projects designed to save lives. We are committed to reducing the state’s road toll and the measures we are investing in through this program will prevent the loss of more than 1500 lives and serious injuries on our roads over 15 years,” Mr Toole said.

The Saving Lives on Country Roads and Liveable and Safe Urban Communities programs form part of the NSW Government’s Safer Roads Program, which is a five-year, $822 million project.  More than $300 million has already spent over the last two years.

The Safer Roads Program comprises of the Saving Lives on Country Roads, and Liveable and Safe Urban Communities initiatives, which see targeted projects delivered for both the bush and city.

** Safer Roads video is available here **