Ray Smith, Steph Cooke MP and Cr Brian Monaghan hold a large cheque in the Bland Shire office.

Work to fix local roads across Bland Shire will soon be underway thanks to a joint funding effort from the Australian and NSW Governments.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced $1,618,500 from the Fixing Local Roads program for three road safety and rehabilitation projects across the shire.

“Bland Shire manages thousands of kilometres of road, so I am extremely pleased to announce funding for this important work,” Ms Cooke said.

“With increasing mining in the region and a strong agricultural year on the cards our local road networks have never been more vital. We want everyone from our school buses to our semi-trailers to be able to travel safely around the region.”

Bland Shire Mayor Brian Monaghan said maintaining roads is a constant task and he welcomed the funding.

“It’s fantastic, we’re always happy to receiving funding from the State Government, Steph always looks after us,” Cr Monaghan said. 

“If we can get money to spend on our roads the roads are then safer for transport and for our residents, so that’s always a great thing. We’ve got larger trucks using our roads which is more wear and tear, so any additional money we can get is most welcome.”

The Australian Government has committed $191 million to build on the first round of the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program, ensuring even more regional communities benefit, faster.

The local projects being funded are:

  • Quandialla Road – Stage 1, excavation and reconstruction of a key connector road, $462,500
  • Kikiora Road, reconstruction of a section of road which will improve safety and access, $237,000
  • Quandialla Road – Stage 2, excavation and reconstruction of a key connector road, $919,000