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More Funding For Local Road Infrastructure Priorities

The Federal Government is delivering on our election commitment to provide an extra $250 million dollars for road projects in rural, regional and outer-urban areas under Phase 4 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Member for Gilmore announced that a number of local councils will benefit from this funding boost to support local road projects.

· Eurobodalla Shire Council will receive $1,039,292 plus an additional $599,487.

· Kiama Council will receive $323,344 plus an additional $186,512.

· Shoalhaven City Council will receive $2,141,844 plus an additional $1,235,463.

Phase 4 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program has already delivered $500 million to Australian councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects in their region, creating jobs and long-lasting benefits for communities.

The additional $250 million investment is available to councils classified as rural, regional or outer-urban to spend on road projects.

466 of Australia’s 550 councils will benefit from the extra funding committed to by Labor at the last election.

The Government has drawn on the Australian Classification of Local Governments, as a robust framework underpinning the determination of eligible councils for this additional $250 million in funding.

In March, the Government extended project construction timelines for Phases 1–3 of the program. Councils across Australia will now have until 30 June 2024 to complete works, giving them a much-needed extra year on the LRCI construction timeframes for all three phases.

Individual council allocations are available on the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program website.

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King said:

“We are delivering our election commitment of a further $250 million through Phase 4 to prioritise road upgrades in regional, rural and outer urban areas.

“We know many councils across the country are struggling to maintain and improve their local road networks – especially following repeated flooding and other natural disasters in recent times.

“We have listened to councils and are standing stand side-by-side with local governments to support them in their vital role in delivering critical infrastructure for their communities.”

Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Minister Kristy McBain added:

“Phases 1-4 of the LRCI program involve $3.25 billion of Australia Government funding, with Phases 1-3 supporting around 9,500 projects nationwide.

“We recognise the positive difference LRCI-supported projects make to communities.

“We are steadfast in our support and recognition for local councils as trusted delivery partners of the crucial infrastructure and services communities need and deserve.”

Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips said of the announcement:

“I look forward to working with Eurobodalla Shire Council, Kiama Municipal Council and Shoalhaven City Council to get on with the work of delivering the local roads and community infrastructure our communities need.”

“I’m thrilled that the Albanese Labor government has provided much needed funding to improve and fix our local roads and community infrastructure.”

“This funding is a big win for our local community.”

1 Comment

Unknown member
May 06, 2023

The Local Infrastructure program funding was announced in the 2020 - 2O21 budget by the Coalition.

Of interest is the funding for phases 1, 2 & 3. Phase 1 funding for Eurobodallla is $1,039,292, funding for part A of phase 4 is $1,039,292 - why is it identical??

Of course this was allocated by the Coalition, is Labor now claiming the credit for the actual spending of this amount?

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