State Budget: $11.7m for roads

THE NSW Budget is set to deliver more than $11 million in road funding for multiple infrastructure projects across the Snowy Mountains.

Treasurer Andrew Constance and Premier Mike Baird handed down their budget for the 2014/15 financial year, with the previously announced $4.5 million for the upgrade of the Dalgety Bridge being committed to.

A combined $11.7 million dollars has been allocated to improve parts of Kosciuszko Road, the Snowy Mountains Highway and Alpine Way.

Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, said the budget has a distinct focus on improving road safety across the region.

“The Monaro will benefit in a share of $37.5 million dollars allocated for the Fixing Country Roads program,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The program is designed to improve regional roads managed by local government, especially roads to allow higher mass vehicles to operate.”

A total of $3.5 milion has been allocated for pavement rebuilding and resurfacing on the Snowy Mountains Highway.

A further $3.2 million will be directed towards Kosciuszko Road for similar upgrades. $500,000 is destined for the Alpine Way to undertake slope repairs.

The budget will also deliver an additional $107 million to assist pensioners who were left facing higher prices after cuts in the Federal Budget.

Family and community services will share in $1 billion across the state, which will go towards increasing the number of case workers to improve child protection, homelessness and disability services.

Local community transport programs have received funding to the tune of $277,000, this will be facilitated through the Snowy River Shire Council. Perisher range will be redeveloped following an allocation of $358,000.

Country Labor Candidate for Monaro and State Member of the Legislative Council, Steve Whan, has labelled the budget “uninspiring” for the area.

“There is nothing we didn’t already know in this budget and unfortunately yet again we are not getting our fair share in Monaro,” Mr Whan said.

“We’ve seen only run of the mill maintenance projects announced.”

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