Ballarat is set for a major boost to road infrastructure with $3.95 million in funding allocated for four projects starting this month, part of the $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the Morrison Government is investing in key local construction projects to boost economic growth across the Ballarat electorate, vital as the region emerges from the pandemic.

“Road users around Ballarat are set to benefit from four major road upgrades set to improve safety, travel times and increase capacity on the local road network,” Senator Henderson said.

“The Morrison Government is proudly funding the following projects which will help road users get home sooner and safer:

  • $1.15 million to rebuild a 1.6km section of Gillies Road Addington Creswick Road to 200m north of Creswick Creek at Ascot
  • $1.3 million to build a roundabout at the Ring Road / Gregory Street Intersection at Mitchell Park
  • $750,000 to improve car parking around St Patricks Point at Lake Wendouree
  • $700,000 to rebuild Cuthberts Road from Whites Road to Finchs Road at Cardigan

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said over 5,800 projects have already been approved under the program with around $835 million paid to councils across Australia.

“This funding will result in some much wanted facilities and infrastructure in our community, which will have flow-on effects for local companies and suppliers,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“We know how important our support is to communities who have faced the combined effects of drought, bushfires and COVID-19, which is why the construction of new infrastructure will help support the community recover from their economic hardships.

“These projects are driving new money back into the local economy in Ballarat and creating jobs at a time when we need it most – it’s a real win-win.”

In June 2021, the Morrison 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.

5 October 2021