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More jobs, better roads for valleys

The Federal and NSW Governments have teamed up to fund three road improvement projects in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis have announced.

Mr Hogan said the latest round of Fixing Local Roads funding would help local councils tackle the increasing amount of work required to provide safe roads for their communities, like repairing, patching, maintaining and sealing. 

“The $243.6 million first round of the program last year is delivering a number of projects across the North Coast and now we’re building on that with a further $150 million in round two,” Mr Hogan said.

Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said Fixing Local Roads was helping councils repair, maintain and seal the roads that really mattered to regional communities.

“In this instance $562,500 goes to the Richmond Valley Council for its Connecting Country Lane project while Clarence Valley Council gets a similar amount to resheet Firth Heinz Road in Pillar Valley and for minor works on Orchard Road at Mountain View just north of Grafton,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“NSW has a road network of more than 180,000 kilometres in length, and nearly 80 per cent is classified as local roads, so it is a real challenge for councils to effectively manage and maintain their road assets.”