Safer travel around the Bland Shire is on the way, with $2,983,680 rolling out under the latest round of the Fixing Local Roads Program.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke said the Round 3 funding is for the sealing of South Yalgogrin Road.

“Talks of this project started decades ago, and the community raised it with me in December of 2018. I am glad funding for this project has been secured at last,” Ms Cooke said.

“The communities in the Bland Shire are already reaping the benefits of this program with $2.5 million invested on local roads from the first two rounds.

“Over the three rounds of Fixing Local Roads, the Cootamundra electorate has received a total of over $42 million to improve our local road networks.”

Mayor of Bland Shire Council, Brian Monaghan, said the sealing project will create a consistent, safer and more effective access route for vehicles through the Bland Shire.

“It will significantly reduce the number of flooding events and days the road is closed due to wet weather while greatly assisting local traffic, heavy vehicles and agribusiness to transport their goods to and from market safely and efficiently,” Cr Monaghan said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Fixing Local Roads had already delivered more than 67 projects across the electorate.

“We know that sometimes it’s small projects that can drive big benefits in the bush. This program is helping to deliver better journeys on the roads families use every day and support the domestic tourism,” Mr Toole said.

“These projects won’t just ensure that locals see the benefits of this investment every time they get behind the wheel, they’re also supporting an additional 1,374 jobs throughout construction across regional NSW.”

Fixing Local Roads is a $500 million NSW Government program, which was boosted by the Australian Government over the first two rounds with an additional $191 million.

Further information about the Fixing Local Roads Program can be found at nswroads.work/fixinglocalroads.