Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan said funding for councils to repair local roads will increase by about a third after the Federal Government announced a $1 billion injection into its Roads to Recovery Programme over the next two years.
“As part of the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to improve local roads, we will provide an additional $1.105 billion specifically for the Roads to Recovery Programme. This works out be about another third for our local councils,” Mr Hogan said.
This increase in funding is on top of the doubling of Roads to Recovery in this year’s budget, which saw Ballina Shire receive $929,439, Clarence Valley $2.56 million, Kyogle $974,138, Lismore $1.56 million and Richmond Valley $1.17 million.
“Importantly, the Roads to Recovery Programme allow councils to directly fund local road projects based on local needs, with local knowledge paying a major role in the programme’s success.
“This popular roads programme was introduced by the Howard/Anderson Government. Since coming to government, we have expanded it and made in permanent to give local councils and our community the surety they need that local roads will be future-proofed.”
Last month, Mr Hogan also announced almost $3 million in funding to fix seven dangerous black spots on local roads.