Gulaptis MP urges councils to apply for road funding

CLARENCE MP Chris Gulaptis is urging Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson and Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett to apply for funding under a new roads program before the deadline passes on August 4.

The NSW Government allocated $37.5 million for its "Fixing Country Roads - Local Roads and Bridges" program, and all of that money is reserved for councils in regional NSW.

"As always, I want to ensure we get at least our fair share in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys,"Mr Gulaptis said.

Mr Gulaptis said he was confident the local mayors would welcome input from the public.

"Fixing Country Roads is in addition to the Federal Government's Bridges Renewal and there is nothing to stop council's applying under both initiatives," Mr Gulaptis said.

"It is also quite separate to the NSW Government's decision to fully fund a second Grafton bridge, so Clarence Valley Council remains eligible.

"Richmond Valley Council is struggling with a rate base that is too low to maintain its vast road network, so hopefully this will help."

People who think a particular local road deserves urgent attention should look at the program brochure at http://www.freight.transport.nsw.gov.au.



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