Road Funding and Management
Local Government is responsible for about 90 percent of the NSW road network by length.
Road funding for councils is provided by:
- The Australian Government, through the Identified Local Roads component of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs), the Roads to Recovery grants program and the Black Spots program.
- The NSW Government through Block Grants for regional roads and other special purpose grants.
- Councils' own funding streams.
Protecting and increasing these funding streams is a priority for Local Government.
The road transport industry is important to the viability of local economies, but heavy vehicles can have a detrimental impact on local amenity and local road infrastructure.
Local Government NSW participates in a range of heavy vehicle related policy areas largely through our involvement with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Last Mile & Urban Last Mile Sub Committees.
Local Government is a partner with RMS on a range of road safety related issues including the Local Government Road Safety Program and NSW Road Safety and Motorcycle Safety Advisory Councils.
Road Maintenance Council Contracts
Many councils perform maintenance work on state roads on behalf of the RMS through Road Maintenance Council Contract (RMCC) arrangements, providing an important source of income and employment for those councils involved.
The allocation of RMCCs is currently under review and the future allocations of RMCCs to councils are under threat. The LGSA are strongly representing the interests of councils in dealings with the Minister for Roads and the RMS.
- Submission to the Draft NSW Freight and Ports Strategy - March 2013 (PDF, 98KB)
- National Land Freight Strategy - April 2011 (PDF, 3.7MB).
- COAG Road Reform Plan Local Government Consultation Paper - April 2011 (PDF, 2.47MB).
- Australian Rural Roads Group “Going Nowhere” Report - March 2011 (PDF, 1.66MB).
- National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 - February 2011 (PDF, 1.6MB).