Senator Zed Seselja has welcomed delivery of the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme, announcing that the ACT will receive $33.6m for local road construction and street repairs.
“These funds will make a real difference in building roads, repairing streets and creating better access across our community.
“As announced in the 2014 Federal Budget, our Government is doubling Roads to Recovery payments to local government next year (2015-16) to $700 million, which will be a tremendous windfall for much-needed local road works.
“The Australian Government has extended Roads to Recovery for another five years to ensure that communities all over Australia receive the funding they need to ensure local roads are safe, our communities are well connected and moving freight in and out of town is efficient.
“Labor and The Greens’ unnecessary five-month delay in passing the legislation meant that the August payment was delayed. However, the Government will make up the delayed allocation to local governments this financial year. Local needs should not suffer because of Labor’s political games.”
Canberrans are also the beneficiaries of other Coalition funding initiatives for road infrastructure including an expanded Black Spot programme, the new Bridges Renewal programme and Heavy Vehicle programmes.
“Through Roads to Recovery, the Australian Government is supporting Canberrans with the ongoing maintenance of our local road infrastructure, facilitating greater access, improving safety, and driving economic and social advances,” concluded Senator Seselja.