Funding Boost a Road to a Brighter Future
An increase in federal funding for local council roads has been hailed as a potential game changer for Councils, according to the peak body for local government engineers.
Councils already struggle to keep up with an increasing infrastructure gap and now also facing significant challenges due to drought, bushfires and now COVID-19.
The Federal Government’s commitment to boost funding includes a new $500 million infrastructure stimulus package for local roads and community infrastructure to spend on local priorities. The package also brings forward $1.3 billion of next year’s Financial Assistance Grants to provide untied funding for all local councils across Australia, as well as over $1.2 billion to local government to deliver infrastructure, drought and bushfire relief.
This brings the Commonwealth’s financial support to local government in 2019-20 to over $3.7 billion.
IPWEA NSW President Warren Sharpe praised today’s announcement: “We’ve continued to advocate to Government to bring infrastructure work forward to support our economic recovery and keep local people both in Councils and supporting local businesses employed. It is particularly true that Councils in regional Australia are under-funded. Yet these Councils provide services that local communities depend on every day”.
“We applaud the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister’s commitment to make this funding available to councils in a way that allows people to start work from July 2020. This will be a significant boost to keeping more people out of the Centrelink queues as well as giving local economies a kick along."
Warren Sharpe OAM (IPWEA NSW President) 0409 398 358
Francine Binns (IPWEA NSW CEO) 0417 065 505