Federal funding boost for councils across Western Sydney
Multiple councils across Western Sydney 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 investment will support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19.
Councils in Western Sydney which will receive funding include:
- Blacktown City Council - $2,138,829
- Blue Mountains City Council - $869,182
- Campbelltown City Council - $1,106,330
- Canterbury-Bankstown Council - $1,679,331
- The Council of Camden - $874,692
- Fairfield City Council - $1,083,578
- Cumberland Council - $1,039,594
- Hawkesbury City Council - $1,087,629
- Liverpool City Council - $1,430,716
- City of Parramatta Council - $1,282,352
- Penrith City Council - $1,522,275
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 would deliver new job opportunities for locals and stimulate Australia’s third largest economy.
“This significant new funding boost, totaling over $13 million for councils across Western Sydney, will assist in the delivery of local road projects and community infrastructure which will help our economy rebound,” Senator Payne said.
“Western Sydney is well-positioned to bounce back in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic because of our Government’s record level of investment in the region.
“We are building on strong foundations.
“From major infrastructure projects, like the Western Sydney Airport and WestConnex, to investments in localised infrastructure, such as the Campbelltown Sports and Health Centre of Excellence and the Hawkesbury River Third Crossing, these ongoing projects will continue to be major job-generators into the future.
“Local governments are a critical part of this long-term investment pipeline, which is making our region a jobs powerhouse and an even better place to live, work and play.”
“I look forward to working closely with councils across Western Sydney 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 the following funding allocations have been made to the following Councils this financial year:
- Blacktown City Council - $16,825,585
- Blue Mountains City Council - $$8,907,139.
- Campbelltown City Council - $$10,008,897
- Canterbury-Bankstown Council - $$10,873,106
- The Council of Camden - $3,938,028
- Fairfield City Council - $$9,106,233
- Cumberland Council - $8,121,998
- Hawkesbury City Council - $4,436,429
- Liverpool City Council - $8,797,339
- City of Parramatta Council - $9,307,280
- Penrith City Council - $$10,907,962
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.