Narrandera Shire Council will soon start receiving funds totalling $534,331.32 for urgent pothole repairs, under the NSW Government’s $50 million Fixing Local Roads Pothole Repair Round.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced the funding during a visit to Narrandera, with the money going straight into 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.”
Narrandera Shire Mayor, Cr Neville Kschenka, whose area has been hit by floods and severe weather several times this year welcomed the extra money announced under the Fixing Local Roads Pothole Repair Round.
“We have nearly 1600 kilometres of local and regional roads to manage across Narrandera Shire. Every dollar counts towards ensuring they are repaired as quickly as possible,” Cr Kschenka 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. There is a lot of work to be done after the flooding we’ve experienced, but these funds go some way to helping.”