Local community roads and infrastructure gain funding

Adelaide Plains Council will receive $1.1 million in federal funding this financial year.

Toward the end of May, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, wrote to councils across the country to advise of a Commonwealth Government economic stimulus package.

In all, $1.8 billion has been allocated for local government across the nation.

APC has received a pre-payment of $780,890 on next year’s Financial Assistance Grant allocation.

These funds are to be spent on locally-determined priorities and projects.

APC will also receive $345,459 from the new Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program, bringing the total package to $1,126,349.

Minister McCormack said the $500 million Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program will support jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Councils will be able to access funding to support the delivery of priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia,” he said in a statement.

“We want this to be locally-led.

“As the closest tier of government to the community, local governments have a critical role in delivering vital services and ensuring quality of life for communities across Australia in good times and bad.

“We acknowledge and understand the significant effort underway across all councils to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and adapt to new ways of working.

“This boost is in recognition of the important role local governments are playing in responding to the impacts of COVID-19.”

Funding is available for a range of projects including but not limited to local road and community infrastructure projects; street lighting, traffic signs; bicycle and walking paths; painting or improvements to community facilities; repairing and replacing fencing; improved accessibility of community facilities and areas; landscaping improvements, such as tree planting and beautification of roundabouts; picnic shelters or barbeque facilities at community parks;  playgrounds and skateparks; noise and vibration mitigation measures; and off-road car parks.

APC CEO James Miller said the funding came at an opportune time as council considered its Annual Business Plan and Budget for 2020/2021.

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