Friday, March 1, 2024

Snowy Monaro joins roads emergency declaration

Snowy Monaro Regional Councillors have voted to formalise Council’s support of a formal declaration of a statewide road emergency.

The Office of Local Government NSW made the declaration on 3 November, and were soon joined by the Country Mayors Association in calling on the NSW and Australian Governments to increase their funding and support for road maintenance and repair.

In the last 12 months, 126 of the 128 local government areas in NSW have received a natural disaster declaration, with an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads in NSW due to relentless rains and flooding.

“Our road network, and the road network of shires across the state, has disastrous damage,” said Mayor, Narelle Davis.

“We are facing a task that is beyond the reasonable scope of any local government authority. We face an unprecedented disaster that requires an unprecedented response.”

Council resolved to join the declaration and write to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Premier Dominic Perrotet, Member for Eden-Monaro and Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Kristy McBain, and Member for Monaro Nichole Overall.

To view the declaration by Local Government NSW, visit www.lgnsw.org.au/Public/Media-Releases/2022/1103-LGNSW_declares_Statewide_Roads_Emergency.aspx

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