NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has today announced that a Foley Labor Government will give Wagga Wagga Council the $7 million it needs to upgrade Farrer Road.

Mr Foley was joined by Country Labor candidate for Wagga Wagga Dan Hayes at a section of Farrer Road which encompasses one of the region’s fastest housing growth areas.

The northern district has become a popular area for new housing development and its continued growth has put increasing pressure on Farrer Road as a thoroughfare.

The $7 million upgrade will include widening to help ease congestion, especially during peak use, with both the nearby The Riverina Anglican College and Charles Sturt University raising safety concerns as students are forced to use the unsealed back-roads.

Farrer Road will also be essential for the Bomen Business Park which continues to attract new industry as it expands as a thriving hub for development in the Riverina.

Emergency services including the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service also support an upgrade of the road so it can cope with their heavy vehicles.

The funding for Farrer Road includes the cost of relocating a gas line, inserting a footpath on either side of the widened road, tree removal and sealing the road.

Only NSW Labor will ensure regional areas like Wagga Wagga have properly resourced infrastructure to encourage growth in the housing and jobs sector.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“It’s encouraging that regions like Wagga are experiencing a housing and jobs boom. Labor will do what it can to support that growth, including giving $7 million to the council to upgrade Farrer Road.

“The Liberals have had this seat for over 60 years but didn’t put their hands in their pockets to help out, despite the obvious increasing in housing and the creation of the business park.

“If the Liberals and Nationals can find $2.3 billion for Sydney stadium splurge – they should be able to fund a Farrar Road upgrade.”

Quotes attributable to Country Labor candidate for Wagga Wagga Dan Hayes

“An upgrade on Farrer Road is essential not only for the college and university campus but also in helping to link to the new housing and business park. This will be a game-changer for the Wagga region.

“The school, the university and the residents have all been asking for Farrer Rd to be fixed. Only Labor has listened and only Labor understands the importance of this road for Wagga.”