Roads to Recovery on the way to councils

Media Release

WT187/2014

30 September 2014

Local councils across Australia will this week receive advice of their allocation under the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today confirmed he will be writing to all councils to advise each local government authority of its share of the Australian Government's $2.1 billion injection into Roads to Recovery over the 2014–15 to 2018–19 period.

“This year, the Australian Government is allocating $350 million to councils under Roads to Recovery,” Mr Truss said.

“We are also making good on our commitment to double Roads to Recovery funding next year, to $700 million, which we announced in the 2014 Federal Budget. This will greatly assist local councils in being able to meet local construction and repair needs.”

Mr Truss said councils will be able to lodge their Roads to Recovery annual report for 2013–14 and their new projects for 2014–15 next month.

“Lodgement in October will allow associated payments under the new Roads to Recovery programme to be made this November,” he said.

“This aligns with the usual quarterly reporting and payment regime and means that only one-quarter has been delayed as a result of Labor and The Greens' unnecessary five-month delay in passing the legislation required for the programme.

“The Australian Government will make up the lost allocation to councils this financial year to ensure no council is out-of-pocket. Local roads and street works should not suffer because of Labor's penchant for political games.

“I can also confirm that for the life of the 2014–15 to 2018–19 Roads to Recovery period, the minimum amount of their own funds that councils must direct to road construction and maintenance each year to access their Roads to Recovery allocation will be anchored at 2013–14 levels.

“The Australian Government regards Roads to Recovery as a vital partnership with local councils, supporting them with the ongoing maintenance of Australia's local road infrastructure, facilitating greater access, improved safety, and economic and social outcomes.”