Mil­lions for Ararat works

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.