Significant funding commitments in the 2022-23 Budget will drive the growth of towns and communities across Wannon, creating jobs and driving our economic growth into the future.
The Government is continuing to get the job done for our regions, delivering the projects and infrastructure that make regional towns and cities better places to live, work and visit.
Our continued investment in the regions is what sets us apart from the Labor Party, who don’t believe in regional Australia and don’t stand behind the people who live outside of capital cities.
Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said through the 2022-23 Budget, the Coalition Government is continuing to deliver for the people of Wannon.
“Our Government’s investments are building strong and resilient communities across Wannon,” Mr Tehan said.
“Programs like the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and the Stronger Communities Programme make a significant difference in our region.
This includes projects such as Alexandra Park, Portland lighting upgrade, road reconstruction in Ararat, creation of car parks in Port Fairy to community bicycle and walking paths in Colac.
“The Coalition believes in regional Australia, which is why we are continuing to fund the services and creating the opportunities that people in capital cities take for granted.
“Our investments will also create local jobs and new economic opportunities for locals, lifting their standard of living and enabling them to pursue their dreams.”
This year’s Budget includes significant new funding for existing programs that drive the growth and success of regional towns and communities.
LOCAL ROADS AND COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM
We are investing an additional $500 million in the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program, a major boost to communities across the country.
This funding will support more community infrastructure projects, boosting local jobs and driving economic growth to make our nation as strong as possible as quickly as possible.
Our additional funding brings the total Commonwealth Government commitment to the LRCI Program to $3 billion.
Projects funded through this program included upgrades to Warrion Public Hall, replacing culverts on the Blackwood-Dunkeld Road, renewal of playground equipment at Beeac, upgrades to the Merino Transfer Station and much more.
STRONGER COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME
A further $22.7 million has been committed for an additional round of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP), delivering more funding for small capital projects in federal electorates.
Projects funded under the SCP aim to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities.
This latest funding injection takes the Government’s total investment under the SCP to $167.8 million.
This programme delivered a diverse range of community-led projects from the Birregurra Bowling toilet upgrades to broadcasting equipment for Apollo Bay Radio to refurbishing Colac Maternal Health and Child Health Centre to cricket nets at Tarrington to renewing interpretative signage at Terang.