THE NSW government has provided Shoalhaven City Council with more than $2 million in grants to help improve roads in the local government area.
This year’s funding is made up of $2.095 million in block grants and $300,000 in repair grants.
There are a number of programs under which councils can receive state government funding, including block and repair grants.
Block grants are provided to councils as a contribution towards the cost of work on regional roads.
Block grants can be invested in preservation, restoration and improvement work.
They are allocated according to the road and bridge length and traffic use on designated regional roads in a council area.
The repair program provides funds for specific council projects.
Repair funding matches council contributions dollar-for-dollar and is prioritised through a consultative committee of local councils.
The projects must contribute to economic development, regional tourism, road safety, community development or the efficiency of the road network.
Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said rural and regional roads have been allocated $3.9 billion in this year’s budget.
“It demonstrates the NSW government’s strong commitment to getting on with the job of providing better and safer roads for families, farmers and businesses across NSW,” she said.
“The government recognises good road links are the lifeblood of regional NSW and the state government funding for councils will provide significant road improvements for the people of regional and rural NSW.”