Road safety and jobs boost for Eden-Monaro

Dec 10, 2020 | Media Releases 2020

The Australian and New South Wales Governments have unlocked over $11 million for road projects in Eden-Monaro, as part of the Safer Roads Program.

Federal Senator for New South Wales Perin Davey said both Governments were working closely to ensure vital infrastructure funding like this continued to flow to the area.

“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 in Eden-Monaro” Senator Davey said.

“I am please to see a total of wight projects in the electorate, including Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne- pedestrian refuge and the upgrade of the existing pedestrian refuge on the Princes Highway in Narooma.

“These projects will ensure our community stays 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.

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 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, with high level trauma on country accounting for two thirds of all road deaths in the state.”

The $398 million Safer Roads Program is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $140 million and the New South Wales Government committing $258 million.