The New South Wales Government has announced that 33 projects across regional NSW have been awarded a share of $135 million through the Fixing Country Roads and Rail program.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the programs would support jobs, growth and the economic productivity of regional NSW by reducing the cost of getting goods to market.
“Every 100km out of a truck driver’s way costs $200,” he said. “By providing better connections between our roads and freight hubs we will save NSW businesses almost $1 billion over the next 20 years.”
He proceeded to emphasise that freight is worth $66 billion to the NSW economy and that regional NSW produces 255 million tonnes of freight per year, a figure that is expected to grow by 12 per cent by 2036.
“Since 2014, Fixing Country Roads has made more than $541 million available to 300 projects,” Mr. Barilaro said.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said it was critical for NSW to have the best freight network possible as the global market place becomes more competitive.
“I want to ensure NSW farmers, manufactures and miners are in the best position as significant opportunities are presented by new and emerging markets,” she said.
The $1 billion Fixing Country Roads and Rail program focuses on improving regional freight infrastructure and efficiency.