Darren Chester, Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser, and Tweed Shire Councillor Warren Polglase.
Darren Chester, Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser, and Tweed Shire Councillor Warren Polglase. Sue Gardiner

Federal Government promises $1.15m to fix roads

BARTLETT’S Rd, Tumbulgum and Mount Warning Rd, Mt Warning, will receive substantial upgrades if Malcolm Turnbull is returned to office on July 2.

The Federal Government is pledging $750,000 to seal Bartlett’s Rd and $400,000 for flood immunity works on Mount Warning Rd if the Coalition wins the election, as polls predict it will, next month.

The pledge came from Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser and the Minister for Infrastructure Darren Chester at Tumbulgum on Friday.

Mr Fraser said the money would be delivered regardless of whether he won the seat of Richmond next month.

“I have been engaging with councils across Richmond on local road priorities and am pleased to have pulled together a package which will assist them to deliver upgrades that benefit all road users,” he said.

“Flood immunity will be improved on Mount Warning Rd to ensure all-weather access to the World Heritage listed Wollumbin National Park, and sealing works along Bartlett’s Rd will improve safety and productivity for heavy vehicles accessing sugarcane fields.

“Imagine what I could do if I won office.”

Ian Kite, Darren Chester, Matthew Fraser and Warren Polglase
Ian Kite, Darren Chester, Matthew Fraser and Warren Polglase

The money was pledged after Tweed Shire Council sent a roads wish-list to all political parties a couple of weeks ago.

Veteran Tweed Shire Councillor Warren Polglase said the Coalition was the only party so far to respond.

Cr Polglase said surveys showed that the state of local roads was the number one concern of local residents followed by sporting fields with the environment only at number five.

The council’s manager infrastructure delivery, Ian Kite, said the funds were much appreciated as the council fell $4 million short every year on road funding.

Mr Kite said it required $16 million annually to maintain the shire’s network of roads, but the council could only commit $12 million.

Mr Chester said this latest funding was on top of an increase in Federal Government Roads to Recovery funding.

He acknowledged there was a significant road funding backlog across Australia.

“We’re working our way through it (the infrastructure uprades) in partnership with local government and the state government,” he said.

The NRMA released figures last month which indicated there was a $48.4million roads spending backlog in the Tweed Shire.



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