The New South Wales Government will be deploying crews and equipment from around the state to assist with reconnecting the road network following recent flood damage.
It will also provide $15 million in emergency funding for urgent road repairs in Cabonne Council, Cowra Council, Forbes Shire Council, Lachlan Shire Council, Moree Plains Shire Council, Narrabri Shire Council, Parkes Shire Council and Walgett Shire Council.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said the NSW Government was stepping up its support for the flood emergency by bringing in manpower and heavy machinery to help with the recovery effort.
“We are bringing in 200 people from Transport for NSW and contractors on a fly-in, fly-out basis, excavators, trucks and bobcats from around the state to support councils and existing crews with the massive task of repairing and restoring roads,” he said.
“Early estimates from councils indicate that 10,000 kilometres of roads have been affected, which will take many months to repair.
“Transport is continuing to coordinate access and reopen roads as it is safe to do so. It is also supporting freight access to paddocks and facilitating emergency resupply of essential services such as gas.”
Minister for Western NSW, Dugald Saunders, said the extent of the damage in many areas is still unknown.
“Many roads are still inundated by flood waters making it difficult for crews to assess the damage for some time yet,” he said.
“The focus for now is to get moving on the pothole and pavement repairs and drainage maintenance until repair work can be completed.”
The NSW Government will continue to provide a free daily shuttle service between Eugowra and Orange to support families who have lost homes and belongings.