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Funding of $500M for road and infrastructure in West and Central Gippsland via Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program

More road and community infrastructure projects will be rolled out across Monash, thanks to a further $500 million in funding for the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

By news@gippsland - 31st March 2022 - Back to News

The Morrison-Joyce government is continuing to deliver for local communities through the 2022-23 Budget. Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said local councils would directly benefit from the funding boost. "This funding injection for our hard-working local councils means even more funding for upgrades to local roads, bike paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, as well as improved accessibility to public facilities," Mr Broadbent said.

Increased funding available under LRCI Program will allow local governments to plan projects that may be a higher priority and have a bigger impact to the community

Increased funding available under LRCI Program will allow local governments to plan projects that may be a higher priority and have a bigger impact to the community

Greater benefits for communities

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said, "Providing more time for planning and construction will enable local governments to consider a broader range of priority projects and potentially undertake larger, more complex developments to deliver even greater benefits for their communities." Councils in Monash will receive the following payment through the Phase 3 extension of the LRCI Program:

  • Bass Coast Shire Council - $923,666
  • Baw Baw Shire Council - $1,795,027
  • Cardinia Shire Council - $1,691,139
  • Latrobe City Council - $1,700,085
  • South Gippsland Shire Council - $2,384,531

Deputy Prime Minister Joyce said that the quick delivery of projects under the LRCI Program will stimulate local economies. "This highly successful program has supported an estimated 9,000 jobs and nearly 7,900 individual projects. Our additional funding brings the total commonwealth government commitment to the Local Roads and Community Program to $3 billion.

"Delivering more local road and community infrastructure projects will make towns and communities stronger and wealthier, and that is why we continue to invest in this vital initiative." The Deputy Prime Minister said.

Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program supports jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic

Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program supports jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic

Securing stronger future

Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said the program forms part of the Liberal and Nationals commitment to back local councils and their communities through COVID-19 and secure a stronger future out the other side of the pandemic.

"Local councils have been putting in some hard yards supporting their communities through the toughest times of the last few years, so I'm thrilled to be putting even more funding in their hands to help them do that." Mr Hogan said.

Supporting the workforce

Assistant Minister Hogan also said, "This program also 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."

Councils will be able to access funding through the LRCI Phase 3 extension from July 2023. For more information visit the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI) Program page.

Pictures from Russell Broadbent MP Facebook page and Russell Broadbent website.


Source: http://gippsland.com/

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