Roads to Recovery Funds better roads for Kempsey Shire
The latest funding round of the Federal Government’s $3.2 billion Roads to Recovery Programme has allocated $250,000 to Kempsey Shire Council for local road repairs and upgrades.
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said this quarterly payment to Kempsey Shire Council would be allocated at locations identified by the council to make them safer for motorists.
“The Roads to Recovery programme allows councils which receive funding, to use their on-ground knowledge to direct local road funding to roads where it is needed most,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Like many councils, Kempsey Shire Council struggles to cover the financial burden of significant road construction and maintenance costs.
“Our councils rely on Roads to Recovery funding for construction, maintenance or upgrades of road projects chosen by the councils themselves, ensuring that local knowledge delivers the best roads for local drivers.
“The Roads to Recovery payments made are in addition to the $575 million our local governments share through the Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grants programme,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Every council is guaranteed a share of the total funding available through the Roads to Recovery programme, which is not intended to replace council roads spending.
From 2014–15 to 2018–19 the Government will provide $3.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Programme. This includes the initial doubling of funding for 2015-16 and the additional $1.1 billion announced in June 2015 from the Fuel Excise Bill.
Councils across the country have so far used Roads to Recovery funding to repair and upgrade more than 53,500 road sites.
The Federal Government also supports local governments to provide vital infrastructure and services through Financial Assistance Grants, Bridges Renewal, Black Spot as well as the Roads to Recovery Programmes.
More information on these programs is available online at www.infrastructure.gov.au.