Road upgrade in White Cliffs

White Cliff’s welcome sign. PICTURE: BT ARCHIVES

Construction work on the Smiths Hill Road in White Cliffs is expected the start soon.

The project’s pre-construction phase to seal a three-kilometre stretch has already been well underway.

The initial sealing project will involve a detailed survey and design, formation works, the installation of additional culverts and drainage systems, as well as sealing and line marking.

Minister for Western NSW, Dugald Saunders, said the Smiths Hill Road upgrade project is a wonderful example of all tiers of government working together.

“This sealing work is something that may not have been able to happen for many years if Central Darling Shire Council had to fund the project by itself,” he said.

“By working with the NSW Government and the Federal Government, Council has made this a priority and we can do the work that needs to be done to improve safety for the White Cliffs community.”

Central Darling Shire Council is co-funding the project with $186,000 to go with the $1.86 million grant provided through the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads Program.

Fixing Local Roads is a $500 million program that supports regional councils to repair, maintain and seal priority local roads.

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Local Government Areas can apply for funding to complete vital works to improve journeys for regional communities, farmers and freight.

The Program will also assist councils in accelerating upgrades and reducing their local roads maintenance backlogs.

Central Darling Shire Council said it will continue to look for opportunities to source funding to complete priority projects, such as Turley’s Hill, as identified by the community.

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