6th February 2019
MidCoast Council gets a further roads boost
Taree and Wingham road projects scheduled for April and May
Photo 1: Farqhuar Street Wingham. Photo 2: Manning Street, Taree.
The local road network throughout the MidCoast Council area will receive a significant injection of funds over the next four years as part of the Federal Coalition Government’s funding boost to the Roads to Recovery programme.
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie today announced MidCoast Council would receive $13,569,852 under the programme between 2019-20 and 2023-24.
“This funding is in addition to the Bridges Renewal and Road Blackspots grants, as well as the $17,812,423 allocated to Mid Coast Council this year in Federal Financial Assistance Grants for both roads and other infrastructure,” Dr Gillespie said
“These funds will be an important component in the delivery of Council’s roads programme, and I’m delighted our region is sharing in this increased funding investment.”
Dr Gillespie was also joined by Council’s Manager of Projects and Engineering Rhett Pattison to announce that Roads to Recovery projects funded for this year in Wingham and Taree would commence in April.
“Farqhuar Street in Wingham, between Bent and Queens Streets will undergo a $600,000 upgrade. The 450-metre rehabilitation works will commence in April and utilise $165,000 from this year’s Road to Recovery funding allocation to MidCoast Council,” Dr Gillespie said.
“A further $340,000 in Federal funding through the programme will be used towards a $650,000 upgrade of Manning Street in Taree between High and Cornwall Streets. The 250-metres of road improvements will comments in May.”
More than $2 billion will be provided to local government bodies from 2019−20 to 2023−24 to deliver further improvements to local road networks around the country.
“The Nationals in government continues to invest $400 million each and every year following an extension of the Program in the 2016 Budget to deliver a further $50 million per annum from 2019−20 onwards,” Dr Gillespie said.
Dr Gillespie said the Roads to Recovery program was introduced by The Nationals during the Howard Government and had involved close collaboration between the Australian and local governments to deliver the road infrastructure improvements required to support economic growth.
“The funding provides councils with the ability to invest in upgrading local roads, thereby helping to improve safety and efficiency levels for all users of the network and economic growth in their communities,” Dr Gillespie said.
The allocations for each Council have been calculated using the proportion of Financial Assistance Grants that each local governing body receives and updated assessments undertaken by local government grants commissions.
Through the Roads to Recovery Program, the Government supports councils with the ongoing maintenance of Australia’s local road infrastructure, facilitating greater access and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.