Cash grants to im­prove road safety

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Toby Hussey

Great South­ern roads are set to be boosted by at least $14.5 mil­lion over five years as part of a new Fed­eral fund­ing pack­age.

From 2019 to 2024, the City of Al­bany and the Shires of Cran­brook, Den­mark, Jer­ra­mungup, Plan­ta­genet and Raven­sthorpe will each re­ceive at least $1 mil­lion through the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Roads to Re­cov­ery pro­ject to be used to main­tain lo­cal roads.

That money is part of a $2 bil­lion na­tion­wide pack­age, from which $73 mil­lion will be spread across the O’Con­nor elec­torate.

Al­bany is set to re­ceive the se­cond-largest sum in the elec­torate: $4.6 mil­lion over five years.

The Shire of Esper­ance will re­ceive $7.2 mil­lion. These fig­ures are likely to in­crease in com­ing years as Can­berra in­jects an ex­tra $300 mil­lion into the pro­gram.

Grad­ual in­creases in fund­ing from 2014-19 pushed the City of Al­bany’s base share from $4.1 mil­lion in 2014 to $8.6 mil­lion, and O’Con­nor MP Rick Wil­son’s of­fice said sim­i­lar ad­di­tional funds were likely in this round.

“The fund­ing pro­vides coun­cils with the abil­ity to in­vest in up­grad­ing lo­cal roads, thereby help­ing to im­prove safety and ef­fi­ciency lev­els for all users of the net­work and eco­nomic growth in their com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Wil­son said.

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