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Budget delivers local funding boost

Local Councils are set to receive a massive funding boost for road and community projects following the handing down of the 2020-21 Budget by the Federal Government on October 6.

An additional $1 billion has been set aside to enable Councils to deliver priority infrastructure across Australia and create jobs throughout local regions.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the funding will be provided through the $500 million Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

“This additional allocation gives a total of $19 million this year through this program,” he said.

“Our community led recovery plan assists local governments to deliver roads and community infrastructure through investment in shovel-ready projects.

“By investing this funding in local priority infrastructure, we are helping to deliver many local jobs and supporting local businesses.

“Local road projects may include constructing or improving bridges, street lighting, and heavy vehicle facilities such as rest areas.

“Community infrastructure projects could include new bicycle and walking paths, picnic shelters or barbeque facilities at parks.”

Clarence Valley Council was eligible to receive $4,776,974 in LRCI funding.


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