Federal funds for local infrastructure
02 July 2015
The Australian Government has significantly increased financial support for local councils to help deliver vital infrastructure and services at a local level to boost productivity across the nation.
The funding is to be distributed to councils without any requirement to match the extra money.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss encouraged all councils to use the additional funding provided in the 2015–16 Budget to create local jobs and build important local infrastructure.
“This financial year, local governments across Australia will receive an extra $300 million in Roads to Recovery funding from the Government's reintroduction of the indexation of the fuel excise—on top of the already doubled $700 million. In 2016–17 they will get another bonus of $805 million in addition to the $350 million annual allocation,” Mr Truss said.
“Additional federal funding will not only fix local roads but go to improving social and economic outcomes across the nation.
“We have increased the level of funding for the Roads to Recovery programme by more than $1 billion, made the programme permanent, and then ensured the extra money will be distributed to councils with no requirement for them to match the extra money.
“I recently also announced that Round Two of the $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme will be available exclusively to local government. Under this programme up to $100 million will be provided for the repair and replacement of local bridges to deliver better transport links for their communities and industries.”
Mr Truss said from 2015–16, an additional $200 million had been committed by the Government over the next two years under the $500 million Black Spot Programme to further reduce crashes on Australian roads.
“The Government has also committed $200 million under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, providing councils with funding for important local infrastructure over five years,” he said.
“I strongly encourage Local Government to submit their applications for these important programmes.
“Local Governments are also encouraged to apply for Round Two of the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund to deliver priority infrastructure projects in disadvantaged communities.
“The guidelines have been revised to give the programme broader reach to local governments by allowing two applications to be submitted in each round and by quarantining $25 million for projects worth less than $1 million. Round Two is currently open and closes on 31 July 2015.
“Over the months and years ahead, we are determined to strengthen the economy so that all Australians benefit through more jobs and greater prosperity. These programmes, along with other initiatives, will help ensure councils have access to the funding they need to build the infrastructure they require.”