State budget delivers road and infrastructure funding for Shire

27 June, 2017Posted in: Roads and Assets
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Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Ken Halstead has commended the NSW State Government on road and infrastructure funding handed down as part of this year’s State Budget.

As per the 2017-18 budget announcements, the Wingecarribee Shire will receive monies for a bridge assessment program and a number of road safety and repair programs.

“While the Southern Highlands may not have received any major funding announcements like our immediate neighbours, the financial commitments to our road and infrastructure network are warmly welcomed,” said the Mayor.

One of the major announcements included a $416,000 grant secured under the Fixing Country Roads program.

“This program will allow Council to inspect and assess 44 local bridges for potential risk, durability, wear and determine if maintenance is necessary,” Councillor Halstead said.

Other announcements included a $307,000 grant for a regional roads repair program and a further $250,000 to improve the standards of roadworks and road safety.

The promise of these funds come on the back of previous big ticket announcements including $14.9 million for the construction of the Southern Highlands Police Station in Moss Vale and a $50 million commitment towards the upgrade of the Bowral Public Hospital.

“Maintaining and improving our Shire’s extensive road network is a constant challenge,” the Mayor added.  “And any monies received from either our State or Federal partners are always appreciated.”

“I believe that this year’s allocation of funding is further testimony to the State Government’s confidence in our Shire to successfully deliver on major infrastructure improvements,” the Mayor said.

“I thank both the Member for Goulburn Pru Goward and the Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell for their continued advocacy and support of our Shire.”