Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan this week said he had welcomed the news that the Coalition Government’s successful Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program had been extended to include Phase 4, with over $24 million in funding allocated to Wannon local councils.
The LRCI Program was established by the Coalition in 2020 as part of a stimulus package for local roads and community infrastructure. The program supported the delivery of priority local road and community infrastructure projects, creating jobs and stimulating regional economies.
Previously funded projects in Wannon have included sealing of roads, rural culvert and drainage works, footpath construction, upgrades to sporting facilities, such as Cobden Recreation Reserve and Hanlon Park netball courts and improvements to community facilities such as the Mud Brick Hut in Winchelsea.
Phase 4 will provide our hard-working local councils with 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.
As the pain of inflation and rising interest rates is spreading further across our community, councils will also face their own cost pressures; however, I hope that this funding will enable them to continue to invest in critical local roads and community infrastructure said Mr Tehan.
Councils will be able to access their Phase 4 funding allocations from July 2023, with projects to be delivered by June 2025.