Bland Shire Council will soon start receiving funds totalling $870,863.89 for urgent pothole repairs, under the NSW Government’s $50 million Fixing Local Roads Pothole Repair Round.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the money was going straight into Bland Shire Council’s bank account to help them cover the extra costs and workload pressures following this year’s unprecedented rain and storms.
“These grants are a rapid injection of cash to help councils get on with the job of repairing potholes to get us through the wet summer ahead,” Ms Cooke said.
“This is on top of the ongoing investment in a stronger road network through Fixing Local Roads, Fixing Country Roads and Fixing Country Bridges.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said all 94 regional councils that applied for funding had been approved for grants.
“From December, councils across regional NSW will receive their share of $50 million to repair pothole-ravaged local and regional roads,” Mr Farraway said.
“This additional support will help councils to repair their most damaged roads, improving safety and reducing wear and tear on vehicles.”
“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is backing our councils with this dedicated pothole repair funding which is the first of its kind in NSW.”
Bland Shire Council General Manager, Grant Baker, welcomed the extra money announced under the Fixing Local Roads Pothole Repair Round.
“We have nearly 900 kilometres of sealed and 2370 kilometres of unsealed local roads to manage across the Bland Shire. Every dollar counts towards ensuring they are repaired as quickly as possible,” Mr Baker said.
“It is our top priority to patch potholes on these roads our community rely on, to improve safety and reduce wear and tear on vehicles.”