The upgrade will involve sealing a 7.3 kilometre section of the road. Upgrades to South West Rocks Road were identified as a priority in the Kempsey Shire Council and will take place over the next two financial years.
Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said it’s been some time since South West Rocks Road received a major upgrade and it’s being delivered now due to the Government’s record investment in infrastructure.
“Locals use this road every day to travel between South West Rocks and Kempsey. It’s a key local road for the Macleay community,” Conaghan said.
“The rehabilitation and resurfacing which will start soon will make it much safer and smoother for motorists to drive along in the future.”
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said this project was an excellent example of the thousands of local road upgrades occurring right across Australia.
“Right here in Kempsey Shire, we are providing significant support to the region for infrastructure and road works to support local contractors, local suppliers and local businesses as we recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, bushfires and the drought,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
State Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the project was being delivered through the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program, turbocharged by the Federal Government’s additional $191 million commitment, to see even more bush communities benefit from road upgrades, faster.
“We know how much better roads mean in the bush – and projects like this will be key to helping regional communities recover from the impact of bushfires, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic,” Toole said.
“Big infrastructure projects might create a lot of headlines but these are small projects that make a big difference in people’s everyday lives.”