Supplementary funding for local road works in South Australia

Media Release

DC431/2017

15 December 2017

Joint release with:

Geoff Brock

SA Minister for Regional Development SA Minister for Local Government

  • Australian Government invest an extra $40 million in SA's local roads
  • Result of a 2017–18 Budget commitment to provide $20 million in 2017–18 and $20 million in 2018–19
  • Funding comes on top of Roads to Recovery and Financial Assistance Grants

South Australia's councils will be given an extra $40 million over the next two years to help with critical upgrades of the state's local road network.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the supplementary funding was on top of grants the Coalition Government had already given the state under the Financial Assistance and Roads to Recovery programs.

“This extra $40 million will be distributed to every one of South Australia's 68 Councils as well as five Aboriginal communities, via the State Government,” Mr Chester said.

“We have agreed that the payments will be fast-tracked so that works can starts on road improvements as soon as possible.

“Each council will be able to use the money they get as they see fit, whether that be for new roads, increasing capacity on existing roads or for general safety improvements.

“By providing funding directly to Councils, we are putting power back in their hands and giving them the ability to identify and prioritise the roads they need fixed. After all, they are best placed to know which roads need upgrades and which projects will have the best return to their community and local economy.”

South Australian Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock said the supplementary local road funding program would be of enormous assistance to South Australia's councils.

“The South Australian Government welcomes this funding, which will enable local governments to undertake vital upgrade works on roads of great importance to the economic and social well-being of regional communities,” Mr Brock said.

“Maintaining and upgrading our roads is of incredible importance and priority to South Australia's councils.

“The South Australian Government looks forward to working directly with local councils, and ensuring the funding is distributed in a timely, and effective manner.”

Individual local government allocations are recommended by the South Australian Local Government Grants Commission.