Forestry Corporation maintains a network of forest roads and trails spanning 60,000 kilometres. These roads complement the public road network and provide access for community use, forest management and fire protection.
More than half of the State forest road network is within areas that have been impacted by flooding, damaging between 10,000 and 15,000 kilometres of forest roads.
In 2022, the NSW government provided $60 million of funding spread over three years to go towards fixing flood-damaged roads, bridges and culverts to help restore access for forest management and for the broader community. The funding specifically targets repairs to roads and infrastructure in flood-affected Local Government Areas and priorities are major access routes and bridges where significant damage has occurred.
More than 30 projects have been completed to date and over 100 projects are currently in the planning or implementation stage. Images below show some of the infrastructure damage and completed repairs.
Not all forest roads can be included on the priority list for repairs due to the magnitude of the flood impacts. Roads in State forests are generally maintained to four wheel drive standard.