Fixing roads on the north end of the Coast

When it comes to fixing roads, the Central Coast has one of the worst road backlogs in NSW. And after recent weather events, there are even more potholes and hazards on our roads than there have been previously.

(L-R): Emma McBride, Member for Dobell, Pat Conroy, Member for Shortland and Catherine King, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

6 May 2022

 

ACCORDING to recent statistics released by the NRMA the Central Coast Local Government Area is rated the second worst in NSW when it comes to fixing potholed roads. In March they recorded 762 incidents of reported damage to vehicle wheels and tyres, the Central Coast Council missing out on the top spot by just one call. And that’s just the NRMA! What about the other insurers and the incidents that aren’t reported?

 

Coasties deserve better roads to improve safety, ease congestion, and reduce the cost of wear and tear on their cars.

 

So, what is Central Coast Council doing to address this problem? Very little it seems – potholes continue to grow in size and multiply like rabbit kittens; no sooner are selective repairs carried out than the bitumen fill is out of the hole again and spread over the road; and there is no consistency in filling the holes – one pothole, in a line, filled, then two missed and another filled. You have to wonder about the logic behind this method of fixing craters in the road. And some of the holes are so big that they can only be described as a road crater - or maybe a road bath when you're in need of a quick wash to remove the mud!

Member for Dobell has been concerned about the condition of our roads and has been working tirelessly to secure funding to fix them.

 

Last Wednesday (4 May) welcomed Labor’s Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Catherine King, to the Coast to announce a national boost to roads funding under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI).

 

This expansion of $250 million will focus on outer urban and regional roads.

 

“This is an important funding boost for regions like the Central Coast and I will keep fighting to make sure the Coast gets its fair share,” said Ms. McBride.

 

“Our roads should always be a priority.”

 

Catherine King said “Living in regional Australia, I know the desperate need for more road and community upgrades.

 

“Councils do great work, but many simply don’t have the resources to upgrade all the roads that they need too.

 

“That’s why an Albanese Labor Government will give them the support they need, partnering with councils across the country to upgrade local roads right near you.”

 

As with previous rounds of the LRCI Program, allocations for the extension are determined by formula and take into account road length and population. This will ensure projects across Australia receive the funding they need, not just projects located in marginal seats.

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