More funding available under the Fixing Local Roads program

FIXING LOCAL ROADS: Bathurst MP Paul Toole says applications are now open for Round 3 of the NSW Governments $500 million Fixing Local Roads Program. Photo: SUPPLIED
FIXING LOCAL ROADS: Bathurst MP Paul Toole says applications are now open for Round 3 of the NSW Governments $500 million Fixing Local Roads Program. Photo: SUPPLIED

A NEW round of funding to help regional councils fix local roads is set to drive safer, smoother journeys and support thousands of jobs in the bush.

Applications are now open for round three of the NSW Government's $500 million Fixing Local Roads Program which is helping regional councils repair, maintain and seal priority local roads in their communities

The program, which received an additional injection of $191 million from the Federal Government, demonstrates the NSW Government's commitment to ensuring safer and more reliable journeys across regional NSW.

Our local councils have a mammoth task in providing for their communities and maintaining their infrastructure.

That's why Fixing Local Roads is so important - it's giving councils a helping hand to address their maintenance backlog and repair, maintain or seal the local roads that really matter to their communities.

Together, we've delivered more than $393 million for 361 Fixing Local Road projects across 91 regional Local Government Areas in rounds one and two.

And communities are already starting to see the benefits of this program, with more than 55 of these projects open to traffic, another 28 projects close to finished and another 106 are in delivery. In total, this program is supporting about 3500 jobs across NSW.

We know how much better roads mean in the bush - and projects like these are creating hundreds of jobs and helping regional communities recover from the impact of floods, bushfires, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Round 3, councils will be able to apply for up to $3 million for a single road project and up to $1 million for packages of small road projects.

All successful projects will be completed within two years to ensure local communities see the benefits as quickly as possible.

Information for councils on how to apply for funding, as well as the Program Guidelines for Round 3 of the Fixing Local Roads Program can be found on the Fixing Local Roads Program webpage nswroads.work/fixinglocalroads.

Scholarships to support students

TWENTY young people from across the Bathurst electorate will receive cash grants of $1000 to help achieve their academic aspirations and training goals as part of a NSW Government scholarship program.

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Scholarships will help lift the load for students in their final years of high school and early years of tertiary education.

The program is an investment in the future of young people growing up in social housing or who are in out-of-home care.

These scholarships aim to improve school completion rates, boost vocational and tertiary qualifications and enhance work readiness, so that young people can break the cycle of disadvantage.

Recipients can use their funds for education-related expenses such as textbooks, IT equipment or internet access.