The Federal Government has approved funding for more than 20 projects in the Nicholls electorate – collectively worth $14.5 million – as part of its $1.5 billion Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program, which is supporting jobs, businesses and boosting the local economy.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects as soon as possible was important for maintaining jobs and economic growth in region, particularly as Australia emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Included among the approved projects in Nicholls are:

  • The redevelopment of Vibert Reserve Pavilion in Shepparton;
  • The upgrade of Federation Park in Cobram;
  • Improved accessibility and facilities at Yarrawonga boat ramp;
  • The realignment of Livingstone Street and Ewings Road intersection in Avenel;
  • The upgrade of Numurkah playground and skate park; and
  • The upgrade to outdoor aquatic facilities at Avenel and Nagambie.

Mr Drum said the Federal Government had approved funding of $10.6 million for projects that had so far been given the green light in Nicholls.

“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local community – now and as we build our way out of the pandemic – and that is why we have moved quickly to approve funding,” Mr Drum said.

“Not only will this new (LRCI) program support jobs, construction businesses and economic growth across Nicholls, it will also improve road safety and bolster the resilience of our local road networks, helping Australians get home sooner and safer.

“I will work closely with all five local councils in Nicholls to ensure local projects get underway and support jobs and businesses as soon as possible.”

A broad range of community infrastructure projects are eligible, including new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community facilities, and picnic shelters and barbeque facilities at parks.

Taking into account phase one and phase two of the Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program, the following funding allocations have been made to councils in Nicholls:

  • $5,360,288 for Campaspe Shire Council
  • $5,137,182 for Greater Shepparton City Council
  • $5,028,122 for Moira Shire Council
  • $3,168,443 for Mitchell Shire Council
  • $2,682,678 for Strathbogie Shire Council

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said almost 5000 projects have already been nominated under the program with around $450 million paid to councils across the country.

“Our funding boost is helping communities across Australia accelerate priority projects to get people into jobs and stimulate our economy,” Mr McCormack said.

“We know how important our support is to communities who have faced the combined effects of drought, bushfires and now COVID-19, which is why we are backing projects to create employment and business opportunities while cutting travel times, as well as making our roads and communities safer.

“We are moving decisively to deliver the support councils and communities need to get through this pandemic and get back on their feet.”

In May 2020, the Federal Government also pre-paid $1.3 billion of this year’s Financial Assistance Grant to provide untied funding for all local councils across Australia to spend on local priorities.

More information on the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program is available here.

A full list of approved LRCI projects in Nicholls is available upon request.


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