From road safety improvements to new sporting equipment, community facilities across the Surf Coast are set for a $1.5 million funding injection to boost the local economy and jobs.

Senator for Victoria said the Morrison Government Local Roads & Community Infrastructure fund has identified 11 priority projects to be delivered by Surf Coast Council.

“We are funding projects with tangible benefits for our Surf Coast community like safer roads, better sporting facilities and attractive, accessible public spaces,” Ms Henderson said.

“This funding will promote healthy, active lifestyles and support road user safety including around schools.”

The eleven priority projects are:

  • $253,000 for intersection improvements at Pearl Street and Gilbert Street in Torquay
  • $140,000 for traffic management improvements at Bingley Parade and Camp Road Anglesea
  • $345,000 to improve road safety around Lorne School
  • $250,000 for a major drainage at irrigation upgrade at Eastern Reserve, Winchelsea
  • $36,000 to improve facilities at Great Ocean Views playground at Torquay
  • $60,000 for new Torquay Football Club Interchange Boxes
  • $42,000 for upgrade work at Spring Valley Informal Ball Games
  • $193,759 for a major upgrade of drainage and irrigation at Mt Moriac Reserve Oval
  • $30,000 for a new goal net at Mt Moriac Oval
  • $160,400 for painting and upgrades at Moriac Lions Park
  • $60,000 to improve the dressage arena at Connewarre Riding Club

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said almost 5,000 projects have already been nominated under the program with around $450 million funding provided to councils across Australia.

    “Our funding boost is helping communities across Australia accelerate priority projects to get people into jobs and stimulate our economy,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

    “We know how important our support is to communities who have faced the combined effects of drought, bushfires and now COVID-19, which is why we are backing projects to create employment and business opportunities while cutting travel times, as well as making our roads and communities safer.

    “We are moving decisively to deliver the support councils and communities need to get through this pandemic and get back on their feet. Under the program, Councils have already nominated almost 5,000 projects with construction to be completed by the end of this year.”

    In May 2020, the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government also pre-paid $1.3 billion of this year’s Financial Assistance Grant to provide untied funding for all local councils across Australia to spend on local priorities.

    More information on the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program is available at infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/local-roads-community-infrastructure-program.