$300k boost to fast-track road upgrades in CQ
DRIVERS across the region will directly benefit from a $329,097 boost to help improve roads in the Central Highlands.
Roads in Rubyvale, Sapphire and Emerald will be upgraded as part of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said the funding would allow the council to progress a number of high-priority projects.
“These funds contribute to improving roads in Rubyvale, Sapphire and Emerald and are part of council’s $10.8 million allocation to improve local roads across the region over the next five years,” he said.
“The federal funding is crucial to maintain our extensive local road network and demonstrates that the Australian Government recognises the importance local roads have as part of the national transport network.”
The funds dedicated to the Central Highlands were a portion of more than $5 million to be spread across the Flynn electorate.
“We want to see excavators and diggers in the ground on all sorts of projects right across the nation, especially here in Flynn,” Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said.
“Infrastructure is more important now, during Covid-19, than ever before.”
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan said the Federal Government would deliver more than $212.7 million this quarter to 425 local governments across the country for safer and better-maintained roads.
“Enabling road infrastructure works to continue under strict social distancing measures is crucial to keeping the economy moving during Covid-19,” Mr Hogan said.
“These important community projects mean more locals will stay in jobs and spend money in their local towns and businesses.
“The Federal Government understands the importance of the Roads to Recovery Program to local councils, which is why we committed an addition $100 million a year as part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019–20 budget.”
From 2013–14 to 2023–24, the Government will provide $6.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year following.