As the state election approaches, NSW Labor leader, Michael Daley, has announced if elected to NSW Parliament in five weeks’ time, the alternative government will invest an additional $900 million into council administered roads in rural and regional communities.
The announcement comes following the release of the NRMA’s ‘Funding Local Roads’ report which revealed that the infrastructure backlog on NSW regional and local roads has increased by almost 30% since 2014/15. The NRMA has suggested in the report that approximately $900 million is needed over five years to fix the issues.
This is another step forward for LGEA members, the engineering industry and NSW communities and comes just weeks after another positive announcement from NSW Labor. Following calls from LGEA members and the Engineering a Better Future campaign, last month the Labor leader also announced his party’s plans to introduce a mandatory registration scheme for NSW engineers if successful on March 23.
These developments show NSW Labor’s commitment to investing in the capacity of the industry to deliver the infrastructure safely and efficiently by making sure that professionally qualified people are involved in the decision-making process.