O’Connor councils get $14 million in Roads to Recovery funding
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP has welcomed the $14 million that the 43 O’Connor local governments will share in 2014-15 as part of the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme.
The untied grants provides local governments with another funding source to be used to construct and maintain local roads.
Mr Wilson said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss is writing to all councils advising them of their full allocations for the 2014-15 to 2018-19 Roads to Recovery programme.
“The Roads to Recovery programme is an important programme for regional local governments and this year’s allocations is great news for local councils, residents and businesses.
“The programme enables councils to prioritise roads funding to invest in the infrastructure which keeps our drivers safe and strengthens economic growth. These funds will make a real difference in building roads, repairing streets and creating better access across our communities.
“As announced in the 2014 Federal Budget, our Government is doubling Roads to Recovery payments to councils next year (2015-16) to $700 million, which will be a tremendous windfall for much-needed local road works,” Mr Wilson said.
The Roads to Recovery programme is set up for councils to make road spending decisions based on local needs – without interference from Canberra – to ensure funding is truly directed to where it is most needed in the community.
The Australian Government has extended Roads to Recovery for another five years to ensure councils receive the funding they need to ensure local roads are safe, communities are well connected and freight movements are efficient.
The 43 O’Connor local governments will receive their funding allocations in November. The breakdown of funding can be found in the attached pdf.