The City of Stirling will be supported with a $1.43 million boost to funding as part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s $1.8 billion road and community projects fund for local governments across Australia.
The investment will support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19.
Federal Member for Stirling, Vince Connelly MP, said the package included the establishment of a new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and the bringing forward of $1.3 billion of the 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment.
The new Program is based on the successful Roads to Recovery program and will enable local councils to deliver priority projects with a focus on upgrades and maintenance to local roads and community infrastructure.
Mr Connelly said accelerating local infrastructure projects was important for supporting jobs and the local economy in Stirling.
“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local communities we navigate out of the coronavirus pandemic, and this was a key theme in the tele-town hall I held last night with my community and Minister Michaelia Cash.
“Not only will this package support jobs, construction businesses, and the economy across Stirling, it will improve our local roads and provide for new and upgraded amenities to help communities stay connected.
“I have been working closely with the City of Stirling – who have launched their own economic support measures - to make sure projects get underway to support jobs and businesses as soon as possible,” Mr Connelly said.
Local road projects to be delivered under the Program include but are not limited to constructing or improving bridges and tunnels, street lighting, and heavy vehicle facilities such as rest areas.
A broad range of community infrastructure projects will be eligible including new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community facilities, and picnic shelters and barbeque facilities at parks.
City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the City was pleased to be receiving support from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure funding.
“This funding will be well received and will be put to effective use to fund gaps in our infrastructure program, while focussing on labour-based projects,” Mayor Irwin said.
“These projects will help to stimulate our local economy, building on the City’s existing $43.7 million Economic Stimulus and Community Recovery Package.”
Guidelines for the Program will be provided directly to local governments by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
Allocations under the Financial Assistance Grant and Local Road and Community Infrastructure programs can be found at https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/lrci.