Toowoomba Regional Council will be supported as part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s $1.8 billion boost for road and community projects through local governments across Australia.
Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh 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.
Dr McVeigh said accelerating local infrastructure projects was important for supporting jobs and the local economy.
“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local communities, now and as we navigate out of the coronavirus pandemic,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Not only will this package support jobs, construction businesses and the local economy, it will improve our local roads and provide for new and upgraded amenities to help communities stay connected.
“I will be working closely with Toowoomba Regional Council to make sure projects get under way to support jobs and businesses as soon as possible.”
Under the Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program, $4,092,300 has been allocated to Toowoomba Regional Council.
Local road projects to be delivered under the program could 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.
Guidelines for the program will be provided directly to local governments by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
Allocations under the Local Road and Community Infrastructure program can be found at https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/lrci.