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Media release, 28 March 2019

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on both major parties to commit to increase Roads to Recovery funding for 2019 – 2024.

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert said “We are pleased to see bipartisan support for continuing the Roads to Recovery program to 2024[i], however there is concern that the level of funding is inadequate; putting community safety at risk. 

“A report released by the NRMA in January 2019[ii], shows that in 2016/17 Greater Western Sydney[iii] had a road maintenance backlog of $293.5 million; an increase of 34 per cent on the previous year.

“This highlights a critical funding shortfall and raises questions about sustainable funding for a safe local road network,” he said.

“Between 2015 and 2018, the Federal Government substantially supplemented base level funding for the Roads to Recovery program due to a rapidly escalating backlog of local road maintenance.

“Despite these significant funding increases, the backlog continues to grow,” said Cr Calvert.

“We are now facing a return to pre-2015 funding levels[iv]. This would be catastrophic for the quality of local roads, which make up 80 per cent of NSW’s road network.

“Funding pressure will be most acutely felt in areas that are undergoing rapid development, and where the burden of road maintenance far outstrips the number of rate payers available to fund it,” he said.

“With the Federal Budget due to return to surplus in 2019, now is the perfect time to address areas that have long been underfunded,” said Cr Calvert.



 Media contact: Kelly Gee, 02 9671 4333, 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


[i] National Land Transport Act 2014, Roads to Recovery List 2019: Available from:

[ii] NRMA (2019, January). Funding local roads: Addressing the infrastructure backlog NSW regional and local roads. Available from:

[iii] Comprising local government areas: Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Lithgow, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Wollondilly.

[iv] Prior to 2015, the Roads to Recovery Program attracted $350 million per year. In 2019 the allocation is under $400 million per year.

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