More jobs, improved roads and bridges and a boost to the regional economy, are all to be delivered by the NSW Liberals & Nationals in government.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey today announced thirty-three projects across regional NSW have been awarded a share of $135 million through the Fixing Country Roads and Rail program.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the programs supported jobs, growth and the economic productivity of regional NSW by reducing the cost of getting goods to market.
“Every 100km out of a truck driver’s way costs $200. By providing better connections between our roads and freight hubs we will save NSW businesses almost $1 billion over the next 20 years,” Mr Barilaro said.
- Since 2014, Fixing Country Roads has made more than $541 million available to 300 projects
- Freight is worth $66 billion to the NSW economy
- Regional NSW produces 255 million tonnes of freight year – this will grow by 12 per cent by 2036.
Melinda Pavey said it was critical for NSW to have the best freight network possible as the global market place becomes more competitive.
“I want to ensure NSW farmers, manufactures and miners are in the best position as significant opportunities are presented by new and emerging markets” Mrs Pavey said.
The $1 billion Fixing Country Roads and Rail programs focus on improving regional freight infrastructure and efficiency.
More details about the program can be found online at: www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/programs/fixing-country-roads