The recovery of flood-affected northern NSW communities will get a boost with $312 million being committed to rebuilding and improving road and transport infrastructure in the region to better withstand the impact of natural disasters.
Does this mean the Northern Rivers will get their potholes fixed?
The Australian and NSW Governments’ Regional Roads and Transport Recovery Package will ensure infrastructure damaged by floods is repaired or rebuilt, and resilience of transport assets are bolstered to face impacts of future natural disasters.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said Transport for NSW will partner with councils to plan and deliver upgrades to the local network. ‘We are focused on doing what we can to ensure the people of the North Coast are connected and can keep moving, now and into the future,’ said Mr Farraway. ‘This funding boost isn’t just about restoring roads damaged by floods, it’s about building stronger roads, bridges and rail to better withstand the next major natural disaster.’
An assessment panel will be set up by Transport for NSW to review each submission and make a recommendation to the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads on projects to be funded with funding to be delivered for successful projects before the end of the year.
The NSW Government has provided affected local government areas cash advancements through Category B disaster recovery funding.