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Road projects still waiting

Wednesday, 7th September, 2011

While roads in the local region are set to receive money under the new State Budget there was still no word on funding for the mine haulage road and the sealing of two major highways.

Member for Murray-Darling, John Williams, said the budget will see an extra $200 million invested to tackle black spots and reduce road congestion across the State.

“(It includes) improvements to the Barrier Highway, Silver City Highway, Sturt Highway, Cobb Highway, Mid-Western Highway and Riverina Highway,” Mr Williams said.

He toured the Silver City and Cobb Highways earlier this year after they had been closed for prolonged periods due to heavy rain and said that a bitumised road to Tibooburra was an issue that needed immediate attention.

There was also no news in the budget on funding for the city’s heavy vehicle bypass.

“Now the budget has been delivered, funding for these projects (sealing of the Cobb Highway, Silver City Highway and for the haulage road) would be via Infrastructure NSW,” a spokesman for Mr Williams said yesterday.

Set to benefit from yesterday’s budget is Aboriginal housing in Wilcannia which has been allocated $1.1 million for 2011-2012.

New infrastructure for teachers in Broken Hill, Menindee, Wilcannia and Clare has been allocated $6.2 million.

Broken Hill’s Community Transport funding is set to receive a boost along with services in Ngangana, Wakool, Wentworth, Murray Shire, Ivanhoe, Hay, Deniliquin, Balranald and Hillston.

Mr Williams said the Government’s first budget was about rebuilding NSW, including improved roads and infrastructure for the people of Murray-Darling.

“Rebuilding NSW means repairing what was left behind, improving services and building the infrastructure the people of NSW need,” he said.

“The Budget also includes a five-year $2 billion program for disability services, which is the largest funding commitment to disability services made in the nation’s history.  

“Community infrastructure will also be boosted overall with an additional $35 million allocated over two years through an extension of the Community Building Partnership program.”


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