Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Leader of The Nationals, The Hon Michael McCormack MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
CLP funding of over $5 million under the new Roads to Recovery Program has been distributed to Darwin and Palmerston councils, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, announced.
The Roads to Recovery Program involved close collaboration between the Australian and local governments to deliver the road infrastructure improvements required to support economic growth.
Senator Scullion and Mrs Ganley said the City of Darwin will receive $3.4 million over the 2019−20 to 2023−24 period while the City of Palmerston will receive $1.6 million.
“The funding provides councils with the ability to invest in upgrading local roads, thereby helping to improve safety and efficiency levels for all users of the network and economic growth in their communities,” Senator Scullion said.
Mrs Ganley said the allocations for Darwin and Palmerston councils have been calculated using the proportion of Financial Assistance Grants that each local governing body receives and updated assessments undertaken by local government grants commissions.
“These allocations under the Roads to Recovery Program are great news for Darwin and Palmerston,” Mrs Ganley said.
Senator Scullion said the NT Department of Transport would also receive $26.2 million under the Roads to Recovery Program.
“Given the even-increasing record debt and deficit under the Gunner Labor Government here in the Territory, I will be holding the NT Government and Infrastructure Minister Eva Lawler to account on this federal road funding as I will for all the Commonwealth funding of $4.2 billion we are investing in Northern Territory services and infrastructure this year,” Senator Scullion said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the Program would provide $2 billion to local government bodies across Australia from 2019−20 to 2023−24.
“The Coalition Government is investing $400 million each and every year following an extension of the Program in the 2016 Budget to deliver a further $50 million per annum from 2019−20 onwards,” Mr McCormack said.
“This means that the majority of councils will receive more Roads to Recovery funding in the 2019‑20 to 2023-24 program than their base allocation in 2014-15.”
The Coalition Government clearly demonstrated its commitment to continuing this important partnership by recently ensuring that no new legislation will be required to extend the program in the future.
Through the Roads to Recovery Program, the Government supports councils with the ongoing maintenance of Australia’s local road infrastructure, facilitating greater access and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.