Unsealed roads throughout remote Australia – many of which haven’t been upgraded since the Great Depression – are the target of a new $150 million Federal Government safety program.

Under the Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program, local councils and shires will be offered between 80 and 100 per cent of project funding to upgrade unsealed roads and improve safety with works that could include resurfacing, removing dangerous corners, and vegetation management.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the funding would make a real difference to rural and regional communities.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government recognises that local government bears the brunt of the often significant costs of upgrading rural and regional roads, and we are stepping in to back councils to undertake crucial works,” Mr Drum said.

“We will partner with local government to deliver this funding and address many neglected roads that most people don’t see.

“Everyone should have access to local community centres, including schools and medical care, and nobody should be cut off from their township because of the condition of the roads.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said regional towns are the lifeblood of the nation, and every Australian deserves safe and efficient roads regardless of where they live.

“This is not about sealing roads – it is about making them safer,” Mr Joyce said.

“This new funding will support our existing record investment under the Government’s 10-year, $110 billion nationwide infrastructure plan.”

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