Cash grants to improve road safety
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.