Councils in the electorate of Lingiari will today receive their latest share of Australian Government $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme to assist with local road construction and maintenance.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the Australian Government is paying over $117 million to 297 local government authorities nationwide, including $1 million in Lingiari.
“Quarterly payments through the Roads to Recovery Programme allow councils across Australia to direct local road funding to where it is needed most,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Roads to Recovery payments made today are additional to the $575 million our local governments shared last month through the Australian Government Financial Assistance Grants programme, which is providing $2.3 billion nationwide in 2014–15.
“Councils are free to spend Financial Assistance Grant funding according to local priorities, including for infrastructure, health, education, recreation, employment and roads projects.”
Senator Scullion said councils in Lingiari had received $1 million in Roads to Recovery payments today, including:
• $802,411 for the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory which will go to roads outside of council jurisdictions
• MacDonnell Regional Council to receive $203,000
“Our councils rely on Roads to Recovery funding for road projects chosen by the councils themselves, ensuring that local knowledge delivers the best local roads” Senator Scullion said.
The Australian Government supports local governments to provide vital infrastructure and services through Financial Assistance Grants, Bridges Renewal, Black Spot and Roads to Recovery Programmes.
More information on these programmes is available online at www.infrastructure.gov.au
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