Local road maintenance in Cairns and Cape York will receive a $912,315 boost thanks to funding under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Roads to Recovery funding would allow councils across the region to progress a number of high-priority projects, using local knowledge to deliver the best local roads.
“We want to see excavators and diggers in the ground right across region,” Mr Entsch said.
“Instructure is more important now due to the coronavirus crisis than ever before.
“Enabling road infrastructure works to continue under strict social distancing measures is crucial to keeping the local economy moving during the coronavirus crisis.
“These important community projects mean more locals will stay in jobs and spend money in their local towns and businesses.”
Councils in Cairns and Cape York to receive funding include:
- Cairns Regional Council $284,174
- Cook Shire Council $400,000
- Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council $80,743
- Mareeba Shire Council $44,717
- Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council $125,268
- Torres Strait Island Regional Council $50,083
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan said the Morrison Government would deliver more than $212.7 million this quarter to 425 Local Governments across the country for safer and better-maintained roads.
“The Morrison Government is committed to building the infrastructure of the 21st century through our record $100 billion infrastructure pipeline,” Mr Hogan said.
“The Morrison Government understands the importance of the Roads to Recovery Program to local councils which is why we committed an addition $100 million a year as part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019-20 budget.”
“From 2013–14 to 2023–24, the Morrison Government will provide $6.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year following.
Federal support for Local Governments includes Financial Assistance Grants, Bridges Renewal, Black Spot, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity and Roads to Recovery programs.”