21 May 2015
FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said roads and streets will get a much-needed boost when the Australian Government’s latest instalment of Roads to Recovery payment hits council coffers.
Mr Joyce said the Australian Government is paying over $135 million to 354 local government authorities nationwide, including $3,247,866 in the New England Electorate.
“Roads to Recovery is so appreciated by local councils because it allows them to direct local road funding to where it is needed most,” Mr Joyce said.
“What is more exciting is that the Australian Government’s 2015 Federal Budget detailed a double Roads to Recovery allocation for the 2015-16 financial year – giving every council in the New England Electorate double the funds over the next financial year.
“For councils across the New England Electorate, this means double the funding to get on with important road and street works and more jobs for locals.”
Mr Joyce said said eight of the councils in the Electorate had applied for and would receive Roads to Recovery payments this month including: Glen Innes Severn Council, $87,011, Gunnedah Shire $456,205, Guyra Shire Council, $242,326, Inverell Shire Council, $205,766, Liverpool Plains Shire Council $552,364, Tamworth Regional Council $743,987, Tenterfield Shire Council $640,207 and Uralla Shire Council $320,000.
“Our councils and the communities they serve, rely on Roads to Recovery funding for local road construction and repairs, ensuring that local knowledge delivers local results,” Mr Joyce said.
He said the funding transferred this month added to funding transferred in November 2014 and in March earlier this year. Last November Glen Innes Severn Council received $261,285, while Inverell Shire Council received $200250.
In March Gunnedah Shire Council received $138,845, Tamworth Regional Council, $1,104,666 and Tenterfield Shire Council, $100,000.
Mr Joyce said the Australian Government supports local governments to provide vital infrastructure and services through its $9.3 billion Financial Assistance Grants, $300 million Bridges Renewal, $500 million Black Spot, $200 million Heavy Vehicle Safety & Productivity and $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery Programmes.
“All up, the Australian Government is making a massive commitment to local roads to improve the lives of people, makes business more efficient and give our community the better, safer and more reliable infrastructure people deserve,” he said.
More information on these programs is available online at www.infrastructure.gov.au