The NRMA today released its annual ‘Funding Local Roads’ report, highlighting a $1.96 billion funding backlog needed to bring NSW’s local roads up to a ‘satisfactory condition’ and renewing calls for improved funding support for local roads.
The NRMA report, Funding Local Roads, used figures submitted by the Central Coast’s two local councils to the NSW Government. It found an $81.9 million backlog in funding to maintain local roads to a safe standard:
Gosford – $59.3 million
Wyong - $22.5 million.
Only PORT MACQUARIE-HASTINGS at 97 million and WAGGA WAGGA at a staggering 297 million have bigger backlogs.
In the lead-up to the Australian and NSW Budgets the NRMA called on governments to increase funding to support this work and welcomed a $500 million commitment from the NSW Government for the Fixing Country Roads Program.
It would however take some local councils years to clear their backlog of roadworks at current funding levels, with the report finding a 13.2 per cent rise in the infrastructure backlog deficit, increasing from $1.73 billion in 2014-15 to $1.96 billion in 2015-16.
The cost of road trauma on local council roads is estimated in the order of $5.3 billion, representing 75 per cent of the total cost of road trauma to the NSW economy.
NRMA Chairman and local Director Kyle Loades said many people may not realise that local councils were responsible for the maintenance of around 80 per cent of the NSW road network and were not getting the funding they needed to maintain safe roads.