Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman today joined Hilltops Council Mayor Brian Ingram in welcoming the completion of stage 2 of Cunningar Road rehabilitation between Cunningar and Boorowa.

Mrs Tuckerman said the new heavy vehicle route would improve freight efficiency in the region.

“The NSW Government is committed to making it easier to move produce and product to port and plate,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“This $1.1 million Fixing Country Roads project has seen the stretch of road widened and resealed making it suitable for 25-metre higher mass limit vehicles.

“It’s created a new route for these higher mass trucks from Cunningar to Boorowa which will allow access to Cunningar and Boorowa silos and the Yass saleyards.

“The ability to use larger vehicles will reduce operating costs and increase productivity for carriers and lead to an overall reduction of heavy vehicles on local roads. The upgrade has also created safer zones for passing which benefits all road users,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Cr Ingram said Hilltops Council received more than $1 million towards the project as part of round three of the Fixing Country Roads program.

“This funding builds upon previous works on Cunningar Road supported by previous program rounds,” Cr Ingram said.

“I am very pleased with the progress of the Cunningar Road upgrade and what it means for the Hilltops community, especially local producers and heavy vehicle operators.

“Ensuring our road network is safe and efficient for heavy vehicle use is a priority.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said close to $2.5 million had now been invested in Cunningar Road through the Fixing Country Roads program.

“Together these projects are strengthening road networks for the region and making it easier and more efficient to move freight,” Mr Toole said.

Applications for the next round of Fixing Country Roads are now open.

“This is a great opportunity for our regional councils to deliver the projects that they know the local community wants,” Mr Toole said.

“Councils can submit a standalone application or partner with other local government areas on larger-scale projects that could help improve the efficiency of the freight task.”

The Fixing Country Roads program is part of the Restart NSW Fund which invests in infrastructure which improves the economic growth and productivity of the state.