The Bundaberg Region has been given a boost to road maintenance thanks to the announcement of Roads to Recovery funding for the area.
More than $239,00 has been earmarked for works in the Bundaberg Region within the Flynn electorate, as a quarterly payment through the federal government program aimed at creating safer and better-maintained roads.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the Roads to Recovery funding allowed councils to progress high-priority projects using local knowledge to deliver the best local roads.
“The Australian Government is committed to getting Australians home sooner and safer, no matter where they live,” he said.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan said the Australian Government had committed an additional $100 million per year to the Roads to Recovery Program from 2019–20, 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,” Mr Hogan said.
“We are investing in infrastructure nationwide in order to lay the foundations for economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Assisting local councils to maintain and improve roads under their jurisdiction is a big part of that, which is why we are also funding a $2.5 billion Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and the bringing forward of $1.3 billion of the 2021–22 Financial Assistance Grant payment.”
Mr Hogan said Roads to Recovery investments deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the country.
“The Australian Government supports local governments to provide vital infrastructure and services through a range of programs.
“This support includes Financial Assistance Grants and the Bridges Renewal, Black Spot, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity, Roads to Recovery and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure programs.”
More information on these programs is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au.
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