Federal funding boost for Blue Mountains City Council
Blue Mountains City Council will be supported as part of the Morrison Government’s $1.8 billion boost for road and community projects through local governments across Australia.
The $869,182 investment will support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the package included the establishment of a new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and the bringing forward of $1.3 billion of the 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment.
The new Program is based on the successful Roads to Recovery program and will enable local councils to deliver priority projects with a focus on upgrades and maintenance to local roads and community infrastructure.
Senator Payne said accelerating ‘ready to rollout’ local infrastructure projects is important for supporting jobs and the local economy in the Blue Mountains, particularly following the 2019-20 bushfires.
“This significant new funding boost will assist Council to deliver local road projects and community infrastructure which will help the Blue Mountains economy to rebound after what has been a very difficult six months,” Senator Payne said.
“Importantly, this funding is on top of the $1.3 million that Council have already received in response to the bushfires. This is further important on-the-ground support for the Blue Mountains community.
“I look forward to working closely with Blue Mountains City Council to make sure projects get under way as soon as possible.”
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. 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.
Under the Financial Assistance Grant program Blue Mountains City Council has been allocated $8,907,139 for the 2019-20 financial year.
Guidelines for the Program will be provided directly to local governments by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. Councils will need to complete all project works by 30 June 2021.
The funding boost to local governments forms part of a broader infrastructure stimulus package which will be progressively rolled out by the Morrison Government.
Allocations under the Financial Assistance Grant and Local Road and Community Infrastructure programs can be found at https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/lrci.