JMR WITH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER McCORMACK

The Morrison Government has approved funding for 18 projects across the Corangamite electorate as part of its $1.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI Program) which is supporting local jobs, businesses and boosting the economy during COVID-19.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects was important for maintaining jobs and economic growth in Corangamite and regional Victoria.

“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local community, now and as we build our way out of the pandemic,” Senator Henderson said.

“That is why we have moved quickly to approve funding to flow to 18 job creating and community supporting projects”.

“Not only will this new program support jobs, construction businesses and economic growth across regional Victoria, it will also improve road safety and bolster the resilience of our local road networks, helping Australians get home sooner and safer.

“We will work closely with our local councils in regional Victoria to ensure local projects get underway and supporting jobs and businesses as soon as possible.”

The LRCI program is part of the Federal Government’s boost for road and community projects through local governments across Australia to support jobs and the resilience of local economies.

Corangamite electorate projects to receive funding under the LRCI Program since May 2020 are as follows:

Borough of Queenscliff (total funding $38,179)

– $38,179 for vegetation clearing and construction of a surfers change pad in the Borough, creating 3 jobs.

Surf Coast Shire (total funding $1,051,060)

– $50,000 for a redeveloped outdoor social facility for Winchelsea residents at Barwon River Reserve, creating 5 jobs.
– $347,000 for the extension of the 1st Torquay Scouts Building at Spring Creek Reserve Torquay, creating 3 jobs.
– $21,000 to construct a concrete pathway and seating area that runs between the north and south courts at Spring Creek Reserve Torquay, creating 1 job.
– $50,000 for stage 2 works at Wurdale Reserve to include external accessible unisex toilet, fitness elements, safety fencing, wind screening, storage container and feature planting, creating 6 jobs.
– $18,000 for works at Deans Marsh Reserve that include the provision of a multi fitness combination unit, creating 1 job.
– $135,060 for the upgrade of the existing playground at Coogoorah Park, Anglesea, creating 4 jobs.
– $80,000 for the development of a BMX Track and Bike Park within Ocean Acres Reserve, creating 4 jobs.
– $350,000 for the rehabilitation, widening and sealing of Mousley Road between Princess Highway and Alsop Drive in Winchelsea, creating 12 jobs.

Colac Otway Shire Council (total funding $708,000)

– $155,000 for construction of new kerb and channel, and associated drainage works at Forrest Common Reserve, creating 10 jobs.
– $195,000 to construct footpaths in Birregurra (and associated crossing treatments) to assist the elderly and mobility impaired, creating 9 jobs.
– $318,000 for the construction of concrete footpaths in multiple locations across the Shire to increase access to recreational and community destinations for many residents and visitors, creating 9 jobs.
– $40,000 for the resurfacing of two tennis courts and one netball court at the Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve, creating 6 jobs.

Golden Plains Shire Council (total funding $633,155)

– $15,000 for Maude Recreation Reserve and Bunjil Lookout water supply works.
– $100,000 for the relocation and refurbishment of a portable building to be used by the Bannockburn Youth Hub, creating 2 jobs.
– $177,700 for the Inverleigh sporting complex change rooms refurbishment and construction, creating 8 jobs.
– $240,455 for the Golden Plains Shire playgrounds renewal, creating 5 jobs.
– $100,000 for the Bannockburn skate park upgrade that involves graffiti removal and crime reductions works, creating 1 job.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the projects funded under the Program will improve the quality of life of Australians and have lasting economic and social benefits for local communities.

“Our funding boost will help 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.

“Having only announced the program in late May, we are moving decisively to deliver the support councils and communities need to get through this pandemic and get back on their feet.”

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 investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/local-roads-community-infrastructure-program.

22 October 2020