The five local governments that make up the federal electorate of Nicholls will share in almost $20 million of funding via phase three of the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.

This latest funding – contained in the 2021/22 budget – means more than $41 million will have been collectively distributed to Campaspe Shire Council, City of Greater Shepparton, Mitchell Shire Council, Moira Shire Council, and Strathbogie Shire Council under the LRCI program.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the money would be spent on improving each council’s local road networks and for the delivery of priority community infrastructure projects.

“I am excited to announce that our local governments can now nominate priority projects for funding, in the process taking them off a wish list and turning them into reality,” Mr Drum said.

“It’s been a tough few years filled with unexpected and exceptionally difficult times for all of us, and all our local governments and all our communities here in Nicholls have pulled together to keep the gears turning.

“This is yet another example of the Liberal-Nationals Government continuing to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with councils and the communities they serve, delivering the funding needed to create jobs, economic stimulus, and road and community infrastructure that will benefit locals well in to the future.

“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.”

Phase three LRCI funding Total LRCI funding
Campaspe Shire Council $5,245,590 $10,605,878
Moira Shire Council $5,089,786 $10,117,908
City of Greater Shepparton $4,066,992 $9,204,174
Strathbogie Shire Council $2,879,136 $5,561,814
Mitchell Shire Council $2,348,512 $5,516,955
Total $19,630,016 $41,006,729

 

Among the approved projects in Nicholls funded under phase one and phase two of the LRCI program are:

  • The redevelopment of Vibert Reserve Pavilion in Shepparton;
  • Improved lighting on pedestrian paths in Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake precinct;
  • The upgrade of Federation Park in Cobram;
  • Resurfaced netball courts at Lockington, Toolleen, Echuca, and Gunbower;
  • Improved accessibility and facilities at Yarrawonga boat ramp;
  • The realignment of Livingstone St and Ewings Rd intersection in Avenel;
  • Intersection upgrades around the proposed Yarrawonga multisport stadium;
  • The upgrade of Numurkah playground and skate park; and
  • The upgrade of outdoor aquatic facilities at Avenel and Nagambie.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said the phase three funding would help drive local recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 as regions prepare to return to business as usual.

“This funding will go directly to local governments to deliver some of their priority projects, which will create local jobs and get funding flowing across our regions,” Mr Joyce said.

“It will also mean communities will benefit from key community infrastructure projects, and lasting safety and access improvements on our roads, that will have a real impact on the day-to-day lives of locals.”

Councils can nominate a broad range of local road projects for funding under the LRCI program, such as traffic signs, street lighting, bridges, tunnels, rest areas, or even road and sidewalk improvements.

Community infrastructure projects can include upgrading park and play facilities, installing Wi-Fi networks or safety-boosting closed circuit TV, or improving bike and walking paths.

Assistant Minister for Local Government, Kevin Hogan, said across all three phases the program is delivering a total of $2.5 billion to local governments in Australia, with $1.5 billion already out the door, supporting more than 6100 projects nationally.

“I’m thrilled to be putting even more funding in the hands of local governments to help them deliver even more projects that will support their communities,” Mr Hogan said.

“This program asks local councils to use local businesses and workforces to deliver their projects where possible and that’s exactly what we have been seeing, meaning these funds continue to flow on to hard-working Aussies, their families, and then back into their communities.

“Shovels can hit the ground on projects as soon as work schedules are approved, so I call on all local councils to work with us to get this funding out the door and benefitting their communities as soon as possible by nominating projects now.”

For more information on the $2.5 billion LRCI program, including guidelines and allocations for the $1 billion third phase, visit: infrastructure.gov.au/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure

Earlier this month, the Federal Government announced a $150 million Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program, where local governments will be offered between 80 and 100 per cent of project funding to upgrade unsealed roads and improve safety with works that could include resurfacing, removing dangerous corners, and vegetation management.

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