2015 Budget doubles Roads to Recovery funding to fast-track urgent local road repairs

Media Release

WT142/2015

13 May 2015

Local roads will receive a major boost over 2015–16 with the Australian Government doubling payments to local governments under its Roads to Recovery Programme to support better access and improved safety for all Australians at the local level.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss confirmed that in the 2015–16 financial year the Australian Government is doubling Roads to Recovery funding from $350 million to $700 million.

“These additional funds mean that each and every council will receive a double payment to accelerate local delivery of vital road maintenance projects,” Mr Truss said.

“This investment will deliver better local roads across the nation.

“The Roads to Recovery Programme will deliver $2.1 billion over the five years to 2018–19 directly to local councils, including the double payment in the coming financial year.

“Projects funded under the Roads to Recovery Programme are nominated by local councils according to local priorities.

“Since the programme began in early 2001, councils have used the funding provided to repair and upgrade more than 45,000 local streets and road locations, making it the largest investment in Australia's local roads ever undertaken.”

Local governments will be paid Roads to Recovery funding quarterly, in advance, based on their forecast expenditure, enabling decisions on local road investment to be made at the local level.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss called on local councils to move immediately to plan and deliver their Roads to Recovery projects. We want these extra works to be undertaken promptly so jobs can be created quickly and communities can receive the benefits of improved roads and streets as soon as possible.