$63m infrastructure backlog, report finds

SNOWY River Shire Council has a $63.7 million infrastructure backlog to bring its roads up to a satisfactory condition according to a report released by the NRMA.

The Funding Local Roads Report found Snowy River Shire Council had one of the highest backlogs of 15 councils across South East NSW.

It came in second of the 15 councils, behind Wingecarribee which topped the list requiring $65.8 million. Bega Valley was third with a funding backlog of $38.1 million followed by Shoalhaven at $27.4 million and Eurobodalla requiing $25.7 million.

The report highlights a $317 million funding backlog for South East NSW council roads, renewing calls for the Australian Government to return half of the fuel excise to fix roads.

That figure does not include any planned enhancements to existing roads and is council's estimated cost to bring the road to an acceptable standard.

The report is based on figures submitted by the councils to the NSW Government for the 2012-2013 financial year as part of their annual reporting obligations that summarise the money needed to fix local roads.

The NRMA are calling on the federal government to return half of the fuel excise to fix roads based on the figures.

Currently, $15 billion is collected by the Australian Government for all road users from the fuel excise levy at a rate of 38.143 cents per litre for unleaded and diesel fuel purchases. According to the NRMA, only 10 cents is collected is returned to the road network.

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