Mansfield Courier

Council gains Roads to Recovery funding

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LOCAL government councils across Australia will receive $117 million under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program to assist with local road constructi­on and maintenanc­e.

Mansfield Shire Council’s chief executive officer, David Roff, said council had hoped the Roads to Recovery program would remain under the new government and would continue through to 2018/19.

“Mansfield will receive $906,708 in 2015/16 and then $453,354 for the next three years.”

Mr Roff said there was also a Bridge Renewal Fund, which is competitiv­e, and council will look at applying for; the funding will be on a dollar for dollar basis.

“The Roads to Recovery funding will be applied to council’s Capital Works Program,” Mr Roff said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastruc­ture and Regional Developmen­t Warren Truss said this latest round of quarterly payments are flowing to 297 local government authoritie­s that have undertaken recent Roads to Recovery projects.

“The Australian Government is providing $2.1 billion to local government­s under the Roads to Recovery Program from 2014-15 to 2018-19, which includes a doubled allocation of $350 million for the coming 2015-16 financial year,” Mr Truss said.

“Our Roads to Recovery Program enables councils across Australia t o direct road constructi­on and maintenanc­e funding to where it is needed most – local roads and streets – ensuring that local knowledge delivers for communitie­s.”

The $ 117 million i n Roads to Recovery payments comes on top of:

$575 million paid to local government­s last month through the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grants Program, which is providing $2.3 billion nationwide in 2014-15; and

$ 114 million announced under the first round of the new Bridges Renewal Program, which will provide $ 300 mil- lion over five years to upgrade old bridges in need of works.

Mr Truss said the Federal Government’s priority is to deliver the infrastruc­ture needed for a more prosperous future, starting in local communitie­s.

“Roads to Recovery is a vital partnershi­p between the Federal Government and councils, supporting t hem with t he ongoing maintenanc­e of Australia’s local road infrastruc­ture, facilitati­ng greater community access, improved safety and better economic and social outcomes,” he said.

“The Roads to Recovery Program and Financial Assistance Grants are just two of the many ways that we are helping to build the infrastruc­ture future of Australia – from the local level up.”

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