NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Roads to Home

Roads to Home partners with Aboriginal communities across NSW to improve quality of life and economic opportunities.

The program does this by taking a coordinated and cooperative approach to improving infrastructure, and to providing training and employment opportunities.

The program respects the rights of local landholders and empowers Aboriginal communities to make decisions about how and if their land is used to provide infrastructure.

How does Roads to Home improve quality of life in Aboriginal communities?

The program works with communities to upgrade infrastructure and roads.

This leads to improvements in services like:

  • household waste collection
  • postal delivery
  • emergency vehicles
  • community transport.

The program also assists with long-term solutions to infrastructure maintenance in partner communities.

Aboriginal communities are provided with the option of transitioning management of upgraded infrastructure to local government.

Who does Roads to Home work with?

We work alongside Aboriginal communities such as former reserves and missions, now known as discrete Aboriginal communities (DACS), that were handed to local Aboriginal land councils under the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act (1983).

Training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people

Local Aboriginal land councils (LALC) have identified the importance of local training and employment opportunities. Roads to Home pursues partnerships with TAFE NSW, registered training organisations and Yarpa NSW Indigenous Business and Employment hub to create employment and training opportunities.

To date, around 30 Aboriginal people have accessed training and employment opportunities provided through the program in their local area. Twenty-one aboriginal liaison officers are currently employed through the program.

How many communities is Roads to Home working alongside?

To date, the NSW Government has committed $109 million to the upgrade of 34 Aboriginal communities across the state.

Ten communities were added when the program commenced in July 2019, followed by eleven communities in 2021.

An additional thirteen communities were added in February 2022.

Communities added February 2022
Community Local Aboriginal land council
Bellbrook Reserve Thunggutti
New Burnt Bridge Kempsey
Muli Muli Reserve (Bokal Ynee) Muli Muli
South West Rocks (Fig Tree) Kempsey
Summervale Reserve Amaroo
Balranald Reserve (Endeavour Drive) Balranald
Mehi Crescent Moree
Namatjira Ave Dareton
New Merinee Dareton
Stanley Village Moree
Warrali Mission Wilcannia
Weilmoringle/Wytalbar Weilmoringle
Mallee Wilcannia
Communities added 2021
Community Local Aboriginal land council
Box Ridge Bogal
Nyguru Village Pippi Beach Birrigan Gargle
Orient Point Jerrinja
Purfleet Reserve Purfleet
Wongala Reserve Coffs Harbour
Boona Road (Condobolin) Condobolin
Brungle Brungle Tumut
Collarenebri Reserve (The Walli) Collarenebri
Nanima Wellington
Peak Hill Reserve Peak Hill
Willow Bend Reserve Condobolin
Communities added 2019
Community Local Aboriginal land council
Bellwood Reserve Nambucca Heads
Bowraville Reserve Bowraville
Cabarita Reserve Forster
La Perouse Reserve La Perouse
Narwan Village Armidale
Wallaga Lake Reserve Merrimans
Gingie Reserve Walgett
Gulargambone Top Weilwan
Namoi Reserve Walgett
Three Ways Griffith

What's already been achieved?

The initial Roads to Home funding has seen upgrades delivered at Bowraville, Gulargambone and Forster.

Work was expected to begin in Armidale and two communities at Walgett in late 2021. Work in the 11 communities added to the program in 2021 will commence in 2022.

Bowraville Reserve

Bowraville Reserve

Photo caption: Sod turning at Bowraville Reserve

Roads to Home in conjunction with the community of Bowraville Reserve delivered more than $2.2 million in upgrades to the community’s infrastructure and services.

Works at the Bowraville Reserve included road repaving, kerb and guttering, stormwater and drainage, street and public area lighting upgrades, sewerage connections, electrical works and new water meter connections.

The Bowraville community celebrated the completion of the upgrades in December 2020.

Gulargambone Top

Gulargambone Top

Photo caption: Works at Gulargambone Top

Roads to Home in conjunction with the Wailwan people of Gulargambone Top have delivered more than $1.6 million in upgrades to the community.

Investments in the community have included roads, kerb and guttering, stormwater and drainage, street and public lighting. Various construction activities commenced in October 2020, such as a new laneway with solar lighting, new culverts and drainage, kerb and guttering upgrades and tree planting and landscaping.

Cabarita Reserve

Cabarita Reserve

Photo caption: Community celebration at Cabarita Reserve

Roads to Home in conjunction with the Worimi community have delivered approximately $3.5 million in upgrades to the Cabarita Reserve near Foster.

Works at Cabarita have included footpath construction, bioretention basins, full width road seal, street lighting, wetland upgrades, landscaping and stormwater drainage. The residents will now be able to have mail delivered directly to each residence as they move safely around the community.  The Roads to Home program are now assisting the community with the installation of a new playground for the community.

A number of Cabarita community members also completed TAFE civil construction qualifications and ten local trainees were employed in the upgrade of their community.

A community celebration to mark the milestone was held at Cabarita Reserve on December 16, 2021.

More information

If you would like any further information or would like to talk to the team you can email us at roadstohome@planning.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 13/01/2023