Extra time for national program to back local government

The Australian Government is supporting councils to get things done in their communities, extending project construction timelines for Phases 1–3 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

Councils across Australia will now have until 30 June 2024 to complete works, giving them an extra year on the LRCI construction timeframes for all three phases.

The extension recognises the severe impacts on the infrastructure, building and construction sectors resulting from trade and material shortages, and increased supply chain demand and delays since the introduction of the program.

The LRCI program supports all Australian councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects in their region, creating jobs and long-lasting benefits for communities.

Phases 1-3 of the program involves $2.5 billion of Australia Government funding, with the funding supporting over 9,400 projects nationwide.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts will contact all councils to advise what the next steps are to access the extended construction timeframe.

For more information, visit the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program website.

Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the impacts of trade and material shortages and supply chain delays have weighed heavily on those working to complete crucial infrastructure projects – and our councils are no exception.

“Many councils are also dealing with the impacts of recent flooding, particularly in regional, rural and remote areas – while others are still working to recover from other extreme weather events over the last 12 months.

“We have listened and we have acted, with the Australian Government proud to support councils to deliver the vital projects their communities need and deserve.

“This extension will give councils additional time to bring to life projects, such as upgraded roads, parks and sporting facilities, community halls, bike paths and playgrounds, making for safer and more enjoyable communities.”

Quotes attributable to Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Minister Kristy McBain:

“The Australian Government considers local government as a trusted delivery partner of the services communities rely on.

“We know that local governments are facing a number of significant challenges in meeting project delivery timeframes due to factors outside of their control, which is why we’re providing them with this much-needed extension.

“We know what a difference these LRCI projects can make, which is why we’ve expanded the construction window for Phases 1, 2 and 3.

“Projects supported through LRCI make such a positive impact to communities, and our commitment to local government is clear – we are here to support them, and recognise them as trusted delivery partners of the services communities rely on.”