Local road maintenance in the New England will receive a boost thanks to the release of the latest funding instalment under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the Roads to Recovery (R2R) funding will allow councils across the region to progress a number of high-priority projects, using local knowledge to deliver the best outcomes for local communities.
“Now more than ever, in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, we need new road infrastructure to help boost not only the economies of our local towns but that of our nation as well,” Mr Joyce said.
“This funding injection will help achieve that with excavators on the ground at road projects right across the New England, sustaining local jobs and driving wealth back into our local communities and suppliers at a time when they need it most.”
Total Roads to Recovery funding for New England councils from 2019-2020 to 2023-2024 is valued at $71.2 million and complements our $140 million investment for upgrades on the New England Highway under the Roads of Strategic Importance program.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Kevin Hogan said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government would deliver more than $212.7 million this quarter alone to 425 Local Governments across the country for safer and better-maintained roads.
“The Federal Government is committed to building the infrastructure of the 21st century through our record $100 billion infrastructure pipeline,” Mr Hogan said.
“Enabling road infrastructure works to continue under strict social distancing measures is crucial to keeping the economy moving during COVID-19.
“These important community projects mean more locals will stay in jobs and spend money in their local towns and businesses.
“The Federal Government understands the importance of the Roads to Recovery Program to local councils which is why we committed an addition $100 million a year as part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019-20 budget.”
From 2013–14 to 2023–24, the Government will provide $6.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year following.
Existing federal support for Local Governments also includes Financial Assistance Grants, Bridges Renewal, Black Spot as well as Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity programs.
Total R2R funding for March 2020 allocation:
Armidale Regional Council $654,738
Glen Innes Severn Council $190,898
Inverell Shire Council $491,000
Liverpool Plains Shire Council $480,000
Tamworth Regional Council $865,488
Tenterfield Shire Council $100,000
Upper Hunter Shire Council $450,000
Uralla Shire Council $615,673
Walcha Council $557,143
Gwydir Shire Council $709,935