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DAN TEHAN MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WANNON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
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BUDGET 2022 | MAJOR FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS WANNON

March 29, 2022

More road and community infrastructure projects will be rolled out across Wannon, thanks to a further $500 million in funding for the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

The Morrison Government is continuing to deliver for local communities through the 2022-23 Budget.

Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said local councils would directly benefit from the funding boost.

“This funding injection for our hard-working local councils means even more funding for upgrades to local roads, bike paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, as well as improved accessibility to public facilities,” Mr Tehan said.

“Providing more time for planning and construction will enable local governments to consider a broader range of priority projects and potentially undertake larger, more complex developments to deliver even great benefits for their communities.”

Councils in Wannon will receive the following payment through the Phase 3 extension of the LRCI Program:

LGAFUNDING
Ararat Rural City Council$1,461,358
Colac Otway Shire Council$1,703,200
Corangamite Shire Council$2,285,555
Glenelg Shire Council$2,273,611
Moyne Shire Council$2,717,903
Pyrenees Shire Council$1,394,921
Southern Grampians Shire Council$1,985,254
Surf Coast Shire Council$1,051,060
Warrnambool City Council$425,024

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the quick delivery of projects under the LRCI Program will stimulate local economies.

“This highly successful program has supported an estimated 9,000 jobs and nearly 7,900 individual projects,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Our additional funding brings the total Commonwealth Government commitment to the Local Roads and Community Program to $3 billion.

“Delivering more local road and community infrastructure projects will make towns and communities stronger and wealthier, and that is why we continue to invest in this vital initiative.”

Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said the program forms part of the Morrison Government's commitment to back local councils and their communities through COVID-19 and secure a stronger future out the other side of the pandemic.

“Local councils have been putting in some hard yards supporting their communities through the toughest times of the last few years, so I’m thrilled to be putting even more funding in their hands to help them do that,” Assistant Minister Hogan said.

“This program also asks local councils to use local businesses and workforces to deliver their projects where possible and that’s exactly what we have been seeing, meaning these funds continue to flow on to hard-working Aussies, their families, and then back into their communities.”

Councils will be able to access funding through the LRCI Phase 3 extension from July 2023.

For more information on the LRCI Program, visit https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/about/local-initiatives/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure/

Media contact | Sandie Gustus 0408 564 232