Millions for Ararat works
An influx of federal government money in Ararat will see upgrades to Ararat Retirement Village and local roads.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan announced the retirement village would receive $40-million through the government’s Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants scheme, while $5.8-million would be provided under a new Roads Recovery Program to upgrade roads in Ararat Rural City.
Mr Tehan said money for the retirement village would be used to refurbish and improve facilities at the aged care home.
“This is a great bonus, with these aged care homes set to receive the funding early this year,” he said.
“This aged care infrastructure funding is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of aged care services in regional, rural and remote Australia.
“Our government shares this strong commitment to regional, rural and remote Australia and we understand that local aged care services face challenges their capital city counterparts do not.
“These upgrades will boost the productivity and sustainability of local aged care services, which play a critical role in our communities.”
Mr Tehan said the road funding would help make driving safer and easier for all Ararat residents.
“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,” he said.
Mr Tehan said the Roads to Recovery Program involved close collaboration between the Australian and local governments to deliver the road infrastructure improvements required to support economic growth.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael Mccormack said it was important for the federal government to support local governments.
He said the program would provide $2-billion to local government bodies across Australia from 2019-20 to 202324.
“The Coalition government is investing $400-million each and every year following an extension of the program in the 2016 budget,” he said.
“This means the majority of councils will receive more Roads to Recovery funding in the 2019-20 to 2023-24 program than their base allocation in 2014-15.”
– Dan Tehan