Parkes Shire will receive just over $3.5 million to fix local roads through funding delivered from the Australian and New South Wales Liberal and Nationals Governments.

The Federal Government has committed $191 million to build on the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads program.

Riverina MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Government continued to deliver on its commitment for regional Australia.

“I know regional and rural residents rely on roads much more than our city counterparts which is why I took our fight to the Cabinet table to deliver for residents in the Parkes Shire.

“We are delivering on our commitment to get people where they need to go sooner and safer.

The funding for Parkes forms part of the first round commitment of 258 vital regional projects across 83 regional councils. Parkes Shire Council has been successful in securing round one funding for the following local road projects:

1. East Street, Parkes Rehabilitation Railway Crossing - Woodward Street $2,241,120

Scope of this project includes:

  • New bridge/culvert structure
  • Formalise drainage channel to improve flow conditions
  • Widen narrow pavement to be consistent with pavement widths on northern section
  • Pavement Rehabilitation
  • Relocation of four water mains and sewer main affected by culvert widening

2. Upgrade and Seal Cookamidgera Road $1,300,000

This project will involve sealing approximately 1.3km of an existing unsealed road to a formation width of 9 metre, with a minimum 8 metre seal, this will improve safety on bends

and crest reconstruction. The project also includes a concrete causeway reconstruction through high volume waterway mitigating the damage caused by flooding.

NSW Nationals Upper House MP, The Hon. Sam Farraway said that the improvement of local roads was vital to better road.

"The Fixing Local Roads Program is a helping hand to Local Governments from across regional NSW that will boost job opportunities and ensure regional road users get to where they need to go sooner and safer,” Mr Farraway said.

“It is great to have the Federal Government join us in delivering projects like the rehabilitation of East Street, as it will make a big difference to the overall safety and experience of daily commuters and visitors in the Parkes region.”

Parkes Shire Council Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM welcomed the news, "I applaud the State and Federal Government in prioritising this funding for local road projects."

"These particular projects have been high on the community's list of priorities and will go a long way to improving the safety and transport connections for all road users."