Aug 25 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

The NRMA have released its annual ‘Funding Local Roads’ report,  highlighting the funding backlog needed to bring local roads up to a ‘satisfactory condition’.

Many parts of Capital Country and the Snowy Mountains experienced increases in the backlog, rising from $9.29 million in 2014-15 to $22.41 million in 2015-16.

Backlog increases also occurred in Queanbeyan, Bombala, Snowy River and Tumut.

Over 80 per cent of Australia’s roads are maintained by local councils, with many struggling to fund the work.

The report paints a worrying picture of the increased maintenance backlog across NSW councils, with a 13.2per cent rise between 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Local Government NSW has backed the NRMA’s Funding Local Roads Report, which confirmed inadequate investment in the local roads network.

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades, says the report was further confirmation of the need for a greater investment in local roads.

He says the 164,000km-plus local road network is managed by councils which have been systematically starved of funding for many years.

Mr Rhoades says it's crucial for all spheres of government to work together to reduce the backlog.

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