On Friday 29 April 2022, Parkes Shire Council welcomed the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, who announced nearly $4 million towards the upgrade of Bogan Road in Parkes Shire, to help users get home sooner and safer, and to improve the freight of stock and grain.

The Federal Government will deliver $3.18 million towards a $3.98 million upgrade of Bogan Road through the Remote Road Users Upgrade Program (RRUP).

Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM, said, "This project involves extending the bitumen seal by four kilometres, upgrading three causeways to improve freight efficiency and HML access and the resheeting of 16 kilometres of unsealed road to improve drainage, alignment and pavement deficiencies.

"These upgrades will provide safer travel for all road users and enable the opportunity for larger vehicles to use this road," said the Mayor.

Mr McCormack said that Parkes Shire Council identified Bogan Road as a route which would benefit the community with an upgrade which will make it safer and, in turn, more productive for commercial users.

“When I was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, I made it my mission to deliver better and safer roads for rural and regional Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

Deputy Mayor Cr Neil Westcott and Chair of the Rural Roads Advisory Committee said, "This project is set to be delivered over the next three years. During the next financial year, we will undertake the design and investigation work, before construction commences in late 2023, with completion expected in early 2025.

"Council will co-contribute $800,000 towards this project. Not only will this project improve the safety of Bogan Road, but it will also create local jobs for local people," said Cr Westcott.