JMR with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce and Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan
The Morrison Government has made more than $1 billion in funding available for Councils to improve local road networks and deliver priority community infrastructure projects through phase three of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the Morrison Government is working closely with Councils to ensure community infrastructure is delivered to meet community need.
“I am excited to announce funding allocations have been made for phase three of the LCRI program, with guidelines now online for councils to start nominating their priority projects,” Senator Henderson said.
“From sealing rough regional roads and installing safety barriers to upgrading sporting facilities and installing Wi-Fi networks, this program has already been making local projects that communities need and deserve a reality – and I look forward to seeing more get underway thanks to this third phase.”
“Councils can nominate a broad range of local road projects for funding under the program, such as traffic signs, street lighting, bridges, tunnels, rest areas or even road and sidewalk improvements with allocations including:
Corangamite & Corio electorates
- $4.63 million for City of Greater Geelong bringing total LRCI funding to $14.8 million
$2.102 million for Surf Coast Shire Council bringing total LRCI funding to $4.73 million
- $2.66 million for Golden Plains Shire Council bringing total LRCI funding to $5.5 million
- $76,300 for Borough of Queenscliffe bringing total LRCI funding to $217,000
- $3.06 million for City of Ballarat bringing total LRCI funding to more than $8.4 million
$2.56 million for Moorabool Shire Council bringing total LRCI funding to $5.64 million
- $1.93 million for Hepburn Shire Council bringing total LRCI funding to $3.97 million
“The Morrison Government is continuting to work closely with councils and the communities they serve, delivering the funding needed to create jobs, economic stimulus and road and community infrastructure that will benefit growing communities well in to the future.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the funding injection would help drive local recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 as regions get ready to return to business as usual and reopen to the world.
“This funding will go directly to local governments to deliver some of their priority projects, which will create local jobs and get funding flowing across our regions,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“It will also mean communities will benefit from key community infrastructure projects, and lasting safety and access improvements on our roads, that will have a real impact on the day-to-day lives of residents.
- Community infrastructure projects can include upgrading park and play facilities, installing Wi-Fi networks or safety-boosting closed circuit TV, or improving bike and walking paths.
Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said across all three phases, the program is delivering a total of $2.5 billion to local governments across Australia, with $1.495 billion already out the door and supporting over 6,100 projects nationwide.
- “I’m thrilled to be putting even more funding in the hands of local governments to help them deliver even more projects that will support their communities,” Assistant Minister Hogan said.
- “This program asks local councils to use local businesses and workforces to deliver their projects where possible and that’s exactly what we have been seeing, meaning these funds continue to flow on to hard-working Aussies, their families, and then back into their communities.
- “Shovels can hit the ground on projects as soon as work schedules are approved, so I call on all local councils to work with us to get this funding out the door and benefitting their communities as soon as possible by nominating projects now.”
- For more information on the $2.5 billion LRCI Program, including the guidelines and allocations for the $1 billion third phase, visit infrastructure.gov.au/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure.
Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | [email protected]
Assistant Minister Hogan – Dylan Butcher | 0411 822 990 | [email protected]
Senator Sarah Henderson – Anna Hindson |0490 441 554 | [email protected]
16 November 2021