Fixing Local Roads Program

Roads being repaired

Fixing Local Roads is a $500 million NSW Government program enabling councils to accelerate upgrades and maintenance on their local road network.

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).

Councils can apply for funding to complete vital works to improve journeys on these local roads which are used by regional communities every day, making journeys for locals, farmers and freight safer, more efficient and more reliable.

These benefits and connections stimulate the economy and promote the social wellbeing of our communities. Better roads mean improved access to schools, towns, hospitals and jobs, increased efficiencies for our primary producers, easier movement of freight and better outcomes for road safety in regional and rural communities.

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, ensuring better regional connections and supporting vital jobs in regional NSW.

Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2022

The Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2022 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 2021 and provides a streamlined approach to assessing applications.

Applications are now open for Round 4 and will close on 9 September. Please submit your applications through the Smarty Grants Portal

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 2022. The two eligible entities are the Unincorporated Far West and Lord Howe Island Board.

Successful Projects

Project lists last updated April 2022.

Please note: although this information is updated regularly, project conditions can change rapidly, and so some details may not reflect more recent project developments. For the most up-to-date project information, please contact fixinglocalroads@transport.nsw.gov.au or the relevant council.

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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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