$2.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR LOCAL ROADS FLOWS IN FISHER
Local road maintenance in the Southern and Central Sunshine Coast electorate of Fisher will receive a $2.64 million boost thanks to funding under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said the Australian Government would deliver over $139.6 million to 310 local government authorities nationwide for safer and better-maintained roads.
“The $3.4 billion worth of upgrades that we are seeing underway on the Bruce Highway will make a huge difference, but we are kidding ourselves if we think that they will solve our transport problems on their own. We need to maintain and improve our local, State and Council operated roads to keep traffic moving.” Mr Wallace said.
“The Roads to Recovery funding in Fisher will allow Sunshine Coast Council to progress a number of high-priority projects, using local knowledge to deliver the best local roads,” Mr Wallace said.
Projects funded in Fisher will include the following:
•$1,040,128 for major road resurfacing on Queen St at Allen St in Caloundra,
•$1,004,490 for reconstruction of the pavement and asphalt surface on Beerburrum St in Aroona,
•$438,088 for removal of tree roots and pavement strengthening on Endeavour Road in Beerburrum,
•$158,275 for resurfacing with heavy duty asphalt featuring polymer modified binder at Pacific Terrace in Alexandra Headland.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government has committed an additional $100 million per year to the Roads to Recovery Program from 2019–20, as part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019–20 Budget.
“From 2013–14 to 2023–24, the Government will provide $6.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year following,” Mr McCormack said.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Gee said the Australian Government was committed to getting Australians home sooner and safer, no matter where they lived.
“Our Roads to Recovery investments will deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the country,” Mr Gee said.
The Australian Government supports local governments to provide vital infrastructure and services through Financial Assistance Grants, and the Bridges Renewal, Black Spot, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity and Roads to Recovery programs.
More information on these programs is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au.