Fixing Local Roads Program

Roads being repaired

Fixing Local Roads is a $500 million NSW Government program that supports shovel-ready projects to repair, maintain and seal priority local roads across NSW.

Councils can apply for funding to complete vital works to improve journeys for regional communities, farmers and freight. The Program will assist councils to accelerate upgrades and reduce their local roads maintenance backlogs.

In 2020, the Australian Government committed an additional $191 million to the Fixing Local Roads Program to support economic activity in regional NSW. This increased the total funding for the Program to $691 million.

To date, the Program has provided funding to 499 projects across the state, improving the day-to-day lives of locals and supporting vital jobs in regional NSW.

The NSW road network is over 180,000 kilometres in length, with approximately 80 per cent classified as ‘Local Roads’. Local councils are currently responsible for maintaining well over 85 per cent of the NSW road network (including regional and local roads).

Fixing Local Roads is an investment in the resilience of regional NSW. Well-maintained roads play a vital role in our regions, supporting growth and development, as well as providing access to critical services such as hospitals and schools. These benefits and connections stimulate the economy and contribute to the social wellbeing of our communities.

Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2021

The Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2021 outlines relevant program information, including the Program objectives, eligibility, assessment criteria, key dates, funding limits and co-contributions, payment, reporting milestones and how to apply. This supersedes the Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2020 and provides a streamlined approach to assessing applications.

Eligible Local Government Bodies

The Fixing Local Roads Program is available to local government bodies in regional NSW. The list of the 93 eligible regional councils and the two eligible entities can be found at Appendix 1 of the Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2021. The two eligible entities are the Unincorporated Far West and Lord Howe Island.

Media releases

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30 November 2021

$1M to fix more Coffs Coast roads

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8 October 2021

$45 million for Far West local road upgrades

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23 September 2021

More cash to fix local roads in the bush

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7 June 2021

More cash for local road upgrades in the bush

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2 June 2021

More jobs, better roads for Lake Macquarie

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31 March 2021

Better roads and more jobs for the regions

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