Dec 11, 2020

The Australian and New South Wales Governments’ accelerated $398 million investment in road safety improvements through the Safer Roads Program is starting to make a big difference in regional communities, with works underway across the state and many more soon to kick off.

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said, “both governments were working closely to ensure vital infrastructure funding like this continued to flow to Eden-Monaro.”

“We know this is one of the toughest years we’ll ever face, which is why the Australian Government is continuing to work hard with the state to deliver community-shaping local infrastructure projects right here in Eden-Monaro,” Senator Molan said.

“These projects will ensure our community stays vibrant, strong and safe – now and into the future.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government committed $140 million towards the program in June 2020 to stimulate the economy and create jobs, while getting Australians home sooner and safer.

“Our funding injection for the NSW Safer Roads Program is about getting boots on the ground and shovels in the dirt to ensure this critical program of works is delivered as quickly as possible, saving lives
and livelihoods,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“59 additional Safety Road Program projects are being accelerated, which we expect will prevent around 590 serious injuries or fatalities.

“The Safer Roads Program will also create around 950 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the projects, putting reliable work on the books for local construction companies and ensuring more cash flows through local businesses and communities doing it tough.”

NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today’s announcement is welcome news after an incredibly tough year for the region.

“I’m excited to see our community get its fair share of funding when it comes to improving our roads. No matter where you live, everyone should be able to travel safely from A to B,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This investment will not only significantly improve safety on key roads including the Monaro Highway and Kings Highway, but provide a much-needed economic boost.

“Our region has been dealing with the impacts of drought, bushfires and COVID-19, and this investment will help create jobs and get the local economy back on track.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said projects to be rolled out under this program were targeted at sustainable and long-term reductions in road trauma, to assist NSW to move
closer to zero fatalities.

“Projects like these can mean the difference between someone getting home or not – and collectively make NSW roads safer for all of us,” Mr Toole said.

“We know this is particularly vital on our regional and rural roads, with high-level trauma on country roads accounting for two-thirds of all road deaths in the state.

“These works will save lives and bolster the resilience of the state’s rural and regional road networks, meaning smoother, safer trips to school, work or even the shops – which will make a real difference for those in the bush who depend on them for their day-to-day lives.”

The NSW Government is spending $822 million over five years through the Safer Roads program, with $258 million allocated in 2020 to accelerate program delivery.