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12 February 1991

FEDERAL ROAD GRANTS FOR WESTERN SYDNEY

Six local councils in the Western Sydney Region will receive $2.5 million in special local road grants for projects in their areas, the Minister for Land Transport, Bob Brown said today.

Mr Brown said the funding was a 'bonus' and comes on top of the $5.7 million already allocated as direct grants to councils this financial year.

'The funding is the result of a report from the Local Roads Advisory Committee which was established in 1990', Mr Brown said. .

'It comprises representatives of the Federal Department of Transport and Communications, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and the Local Government and Shires Associations.

'The committee reports to me through the NSW Minister for Roads.

'Unlike normal Federal funding for local road projects, the specific purpose grants must be applied to the project nominated by councils.

'In many cases, the special funding is being provided because a project is beyond the financial resources of the local authority and the 'top up' grant is crucial to completion of the job.

'The largest allocation is $1.25 million towards the costf" of construction of the Denheved Road/Christie Street link eg at St Marys

'This is an enormous local road project being built in ς χ stages. The first part from Werrington to Cambridge Park f

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$185,000 for a two-lane concrete bridge over Duck Creek tributary in Louis Street, Granville to replace a two- lane bridge. The new bridge will be higher and wider,

$200,000 for upgrading The Driftway, Londonderry, from Castlereagh Road to Blacktown Road, and

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$200,000 for sealing gravel roads in the Blue Mountains. This is an ongoing five-year program.

Mr Brown said that throughout New South Wales, councils would receive almost $12 million in special grants for local road projects this financial year.

'This funding is on top of $77 million in federal funds already allocated to 176 local authorities throughout the state to supplement their own spending on local roads', Mr Brown said.

The Minister said the Federal Government would provide $323.8 million for local roads throughout Australia this financial year. This was in addition to $700 million in financial assistance grants to local councils.

'The Federal Government's total financial commitment to land transport initiatives this financial year is $1.6 billion, an increase in real terms of 13 per cent over last financial year', Mr Brown said.

A list of the projects is attached.

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Media contact: Brian Hill (06) 277 7440

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WESTERN SYDNEY

Blue Mountains

sealing of unclassified gravel roads

Fairfield

construction of new rail overbridge and approaches at Lawson Street, Fairfield

Hawkesbury

upgrading The Driftway, Londonderry from MR 155 (Castlereagh Rd) to MR 154 (Blacktown Road)

Holroyd

widen rail overbridges at Goodall Street, Pendle Hill and Bridge Road, Westmead

Parramatta

bridge and approaches at Toongabbie Creek on Oakes Road, Toongabbie

new bridge over Duck Creek tributary in Louis Street, Granville

widening of bridge over Subiaco Creek on Park Road, Dundas from 2 to 4 lanes

Penrith

construction of Dunheved Road/Christie Street link, St Marys

TOTAL

$

200,000

250,709

200,000

50.000

299,760

184,533

50.000

1,250,000

2.485.002

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