Aug 25 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

With clear skies forecast it's set to be another busy weekend on the slopes and on local roads.

With the surge of visitors, police warn to slow down, drive to the conditions and be prepared for congestion, especially in Jindabyne and on the drive to the ski fields.

Over the past few weekends motorists in Jindabyne were caught up in significant traffic delays.
Severe congestion is being experienced on Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons on the drive to and from the ski fields.

Drivers are being told to remain patient, leave a decent gap in front and drive to the conditions.

Long term transport infrastructure upgrades are on the way, with the upgrade on Barry Way to commence after this winter season.

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.

Aug 25 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Invasive weeds across the State are set to take a hit with an additional $1.5million in funding for the Weeds Action Program.
 
Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair says the extra funding would help prevent new weed species from gaining a foothold in NSW.
 
$12 million will support regional weeds programs in each Local Land Services region, as well as ten innovative state-wide projects focused on finding smarter ways to manage weeds.

Weeds continue to cost NSW almost $1.8 billion in lost agricultural production and control.

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