The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is calling on communities in the state’s south east and tablelands to have their say on the future of the region’s road and transport network.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the draft South East and Tablelands Regional Transport Plan is now out for consultation and outlines the government’s vision to build the roads and transport infrastructure to make getting from A to B easier.
“We are planning for the travel of tomorrow and to make the future brighter for our region with this plan,” Ms Cooke said.
“This plan lays out the projects we are currently building along with the projects we are investigating to deliver safer, more reliable, and more efficient transport connections within the South East and Tablelands, and between Canberra, Greater Sydney, and Wollongong.”
“In the Cootamundra electorate, initiatives include enhanced public transport options around Young.”
“Planning for the Blayney to Demondrille Rail Line Reactivation will also provide a new rail freight connection for the region’s industry to Cowra and the Central West and Orana. Concept designs are currently underway to support determining the feasibility of reactivating the 179-kilometre line.”
“We will also be looking at how to improve connections to and from major town centres like Young and Boorowa and more broadly to Canberra, Yass and Goulburn.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said with more people choosing to call regional NSW home projects and initiatives listed in the draft plan would cater for the expected population growth.
“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s $19.4 billion regional road and transport infrastructure pipeline is securing a brighter future for regional NSW,” Mr Farraway said.
“With every road we upgrade we strengthen our state’s supply chain by providing more direct routes which saves time and lowers the costs of moving produce and goods across the state.”
The draft plan covers the Local Government Areas of Hilltops as well as Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Snowy Monaro, Upper Lachlan, Wingecarribee, and Yass Valley.
Public consultation on the Draft South East and Tablelands Regional Transport Plan is now open until Friday 24 February 2023.
Following the public consultation, Transport for NSW will update the plan to consider the feedback received and look to release the Final Plan in 2023.
To have your say on the Draft South East and Tablelands Regional Transport Plan, visit: https://www.future.transport.nsw.gov.au/future-transport-plans/draft-south-east-and-tablelands-regional-transport-plan