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Member for Monaro John Barilaro with local MLC Bronnie Taylor, Snowy Monaro Regional Councillor Rogan Corbett handing over a cheque to members of the Cooma Rugby Union Club and Monaro District Cricket Association

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Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro has today announced a significant State and Federal investment, totalling $32.9 million, for roads across the Monaro.

Mr Barilaro said local roads in communities including Cooma, Adaminaby and Araluen, as well as major thoroughfares including the Monaro and Kings Highways, will all benefit thanks to the funding injection.

“Road safety is paramount and that is why I have been working hard to ensure that our community gets its fair share of funding for these much-needed improvements,” Mr Barilaro said.

“In the lead up to the 2019 Election I committed $20 million to upgrade Bobeyan Road and today I am announcing that work is about to begin on this key link from Adaminaby to the ACT border.

“Sealing Bobeyan Road will put Adaminaby back on the map, and the tourism and business benefits of this major upgrade cannot be overstated. The poor state of Bobeyan Road is dangerous for locals, deterring for tourists, and not fit for Snowy Hydro 2.0

“This road is an important thoroughfare in the NSW high country, and this commitment is part of a much bigger investment in the Monaro region.

“I can also announce that following my commitment at the 2019 State Election of $17.5 million for the Snowy Monaro Roads Package, today the first instalment, $6.1 million, has been delivered for works to begin.

“This first instalment of $6.1 million will fund upgrades to Maffra Road and sealing upgrades for Smiths Road and Tinderry Road in the Snowy Monaro region.

“The funding for other roads in this package including Dry Plains Road, Avonside Road, Springfield Road and Mila Road will follow shortly.

“Queanbeyan-Palerang has not missed out, with $300,000 secured through the Fixing Local Roads program to repair and renew the tired bitumen on Araluen Road.

“On top of this, I am very excited to share that Monaro Highway, Kings Highway and Kosciuszko Road will also see multiple safety upgrades thanks to more than $6.5 million of Federal Government funding.

“This includes things like vital safety barriers, shoulder widening, line marking and a pedestrian refuge along those major and highly trafficked thoroughfares.

“The bushfires placed a huge amount of pressure on our roads and highlighted how important it is that our roads and safety infrastructure are up to scratch - not just for our emergency services but local residents.

“Today’s investment will make a huge difference for locals – delivering a smoother and safer journey, while also getting the economy going again by delivering local jobs for local tradespeople.”