Parkes Shire Council is receiving $1.21 million from the NSW Government for upgrades on The Bogan Way and the completion of sealing works on the Middle Trundle Road. These are two of the 67 projects across regional NSW approved for funding in the third round of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program. According to
Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless, the NSW Government is committing $710,000 to upgrades along The Bogan Way, which include widening along 6.2 kilometres, 2 kilometres of shoulder upgrades and replacing and strengthening drainage structure to allow for roadtrain access.
“This road provides access for heavy vehicles to Narromine, Forbes and Parkes – and will benefit heavy vehicles carrying livestock, grain and other agricultural produce throughout central NSW.” Middle Trundle Road will receive $500,000 for widening and sealing works along the final 6 kilometre section. The completion of these works will benefit livestock movements with more than 32,000 sheep, cattle and pigs being transported along this road per week.
This project is jointly funded with Parkes Shire Council contributing $300,000 and $340,000 to the respective projects. Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith said: “Our roads carry our food, produce and raw materials that power, feed and provide for the community. That is why it is so important to ensure our country roads make it easy for freight vehicles to get to where they need to be.”
The Fixing Country Road program complements the Fixing Country Rail initiative, with both focusing on improving freight infrastructure and efficiency across the state. The NSW Government has set aside more than $1 billion for regional road and rail projects.