Key community infrastructure across rural and regional NSW will be supported as part of a $1.8 billion boost from the Federal Nationals in Government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said he would be meeting with local mayors to discuss potential projects which may be supported by the extra funding.

“This investment will support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19,” Dr Gillespie said.

The federal funding package includes:
• a new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program
• bringing forward of $1.3 billion of the 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment

The new Local Road and Community Infrastructure program will enable local councils to deliver priority projects during the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, with a focus on upgrades and maintenance to local roads and community infrastructure.

Dr Gillespie said accelerating local infrastructure projects across the regions was important for supporting jobs and getting the economy moving.

“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local community as we rebuild the economy post-coronavirus,” Dr Gillespie said.

“Not only will this package support jobs, construction businesses and the economy across my electorate, it will improve our local roads and provide for new and upgraded amenities to help communities stay connected.

A broad range of community infrastructure projects will be eligible including new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community facilities, and picnic shelters and barbeque facilities at parks.”

Local road projects to be delivered under the program include, but are not limited to, constructing or improving bridges and tunnels, street lighting, and heavy vehicle facilities such as rest areas.