Brindabella bother

The Brindabella Road.

The Deputy Premier’s office is making no apologies for prioritising a road between Adaminaby and Canberra over the proposed Brindabella Road upgrade.

John Barilaro, the MP for Monaro, recently promised $20m to seal the NSW portion of the Bobeyan Road, which links Adaminaby on the Snowy Mountains Highway with Canberra.

Currently, ACT drivers wanting to get to Adaminaby – and Mt Selwyn – go via Cooma.

The decision has infuriated proponents of the Brindabella Road upgrade.

Snowy Valleys Council recently undertook a detailed design study of the road and a business case for the upgrade was also completed.

$308,000 was allocated through the Stronger Communities Major Infrastructure Fund to engage external consultants to review and update an existing economic feasibility study to determine the benefits of a road upgrade, and to obtain a cost estimate for the design of the major upgrade of the road section from Piccadilly Circus to the Goodradigbee bridge.

The design brief includes options to manage road safety through widening, sealing, and provision of guardrails, stormwater drainage, slope stability and improving environmental impacts.

There’s no indication planning for the Bobeyan Road is anywhere near as advanced.

A spokesperson for Mr Barillaro’s office said the best way to ensure that projects like Brindabella Road go ahead is to vote for Nationals’ candidate for Wagga MacKenna Powell in the upcoming state election.

“As a NSW Nationals candidate for Wagga Wagga Mackenna has already worked to secure $50 million in funding for a full redevelopment of Tumut Hospital,” the spokesperson said.

“The only way to ensure that projects like Brindabella Road get the funding they need is by having a strong voice in government.”

Funding for the hospital was actually announced last September, during the by-election campaign.

The spokesperson said the Nationals had made regional roads a focus of government.

 “A re-elected Liberal and Nationals government have committed a total of $1.54 billion to council roads including $500 million dedicated to repairing regional council roads, allocated $500 million to replace all of the worst timber bridges across regional NSW, established a process to take back up to 15,000km of the State’s ‘Regional Road’ network,” the spokesperson said.

 “The NSW Nationals will also appoint an independent panel to liaise with councils and advise the Government on cost, timeline and process.”