Safer journeys are on the way for Yass Valley Council with Back Creek Road being awarded $2.9M under the latest round of the Fixing Local Roads Program with the aim to improve journeys for regional communities, farmers and freight.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the local project is among 138 to rollout under the $153 million third round of the Program, which facilitates shovel-ready projects to repair, maintain and seal priority roads in their community.
“Funding the sealing of Back Creek Road gives Council a helping hand to address their maintenance backlog and to maintain a road that will create more efficient journeys for freight operators and primary producers in the Yass Valley region,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
Yass Valley Mayor Rowena Abbey said Back Creek Road provides necessary access between Yass River Road and Sutton Road and an important link to Gundaroo and Canberra for our rural community.
“Our community is already reaping the benefits of this program with $5.5M invested in rehabilitation and resealing of a number of local roads in earlier rounds,” Cr Abbey said.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Fixing Local Roads had already delivered more than $394 million for 361 projects across 91 regional Local Government Areas from Armidale to Albury in the first two rounds.
“We know that sometimes its 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,” 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.
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.