Can­non­vale roads are set for re­pairs

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

VAL­LEY Drive and Co­ral Es­planade are two of the Whit­sun­day roads set to ben­e­fit from a share in more than $734,000 in fed­eral fund­ing in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

The money is part of the Lib­eral Na­tional Gov­ern­ment’s $2.1bil­lion Roads to Re­cov­ery pro­gram, to as­sist with lo­cal road con­struc­tion and street re­pair.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil will take a $4.4mil­lion slice of the over­all pie from 2014-2018, which Fed­eral MP George Chris­tensen de­scribed as a wel­come boost for both roads and em­ploy­ment in the re­gion.

Mr Chris­tensen said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter War­ren Truss would now be writ­ing to all coun­cils ad­vis­ing them of their full al­lo­ca­tions for the 2014-15 to 2018-19 Roads to Re­cov­ery pro­grams, which were an­nounced last week. “This is great news for lo­cal coun­cils, res­i­dents and busi­nesses and is a shot in the arm for a lo­cal com­mu­nity un­der stress from re­cent job losses in the re­source in­dus­try,” he said.

“Th­ese funds will en­sure in­fra­struc­ture works are keep­ing peo­ple in a job and will make a real dif­fer­ence in build­ing roads, re­pair­ing streets and cre­at­ing bet­ter ac­cess across our com­mu­nity.”

Mr Chris­tensen said Coun­cils could lodge their ap­pli­ca­tions this month, which would al­low pay­ments un­der the new Roads to Re­cov­ery pro­gram to be made this Novem­ber.

The other Whit­sun­day roads to ben­e­fit in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year are the Liv­ing­stone and Le­ich­hardt Street round­about and Blue­wa­ter Pa­rade in Bowen.

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