1 March 2018
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has inspected nearly $500,000 in road works in Stroud and Clarence Town that have been funded through the Federal Coalition Government’s expanded investment in the Roads to Recovery programme.
“Work has just about finished now on the upgrade of both Bridge Street in Stroud and Limeburner’s Creek Road near Clarence Town, and I’m delighted some of our government’s increased investment in roads is being injected into important projects in the local road network,” Dr Gillespie said.
Mid Coast Council has just completed a $90,000 upgrade of Bridge Street in Stroud which includes a new 200-metre road pavement with a bitumen wearing surface and improvements to the drainage.
Dungog Shire Council has invested just over $400,000 on rehabilitation, widening and stabilisation of the pavement surface on Limeburner’s Creek Road, east of Duke Street. The 500-metre road upgrade also includes improvements to the road’s drainage.
Funding from the Federal Coalition Government’s Roads to Recovery Programme is provided to all local government authorities to assist them maintain and upgrade their local roads.
In the 2017-18 Budget, the Coalition Government confirmed its commitment to provide an additional $50 million on an ongoing basis to the Roads to Recovery Programme from 2019-20, to bring the annual allocation to $400 million across all councils in Australia.
Total funding for the programme from 2013-14 to 2020-21 is $4.4 billion. This is in addition to other important Federal funding initiatives such as Federal Financial Assistance Grants, Road Blackspots and Bridges Renewal programmes.
“We’re increasing funding for local roads and bridges at the Federal level, and I am delighted to see projects that are critical to improving the overall local road network, such as these upgrades, included in council’s Roads to Recovery works programme,” Dr Gillespie added.
Photo: Dungog Shire Council’s Assets & Facilities Manager Michelle Viola inspects the Limeburner’s Creek Road works with Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie