North coast councils will next month receive millions of dollars of funding for local road construction and street repairs under the latest round of the federal Roads to Recovery program.
Tweed Shire Council has been allocated $7,507,211 over the five-year period ($1,251,202 this year); Lismore City Council $5,295,617 ($882,603); Richmond Valley Council $4,207,632 ($701,272); Kyogle Shire Council $4,404,952 ($734,159); and Ballina Shire Council $3,584,174 ($597,362).
Member for Page Kevin Hogan welcomed the announcement as ‘a tremendous windfall for much-needed local road works’.
Mr Page said that ‘importantly, the Roads to Recovery Program is set up for councils to make road spending decisions based on local needs – without interference from Canberra – to ensure that funding is truly directed to where it is most needed in the community’.
‘Local councils can lodge their applications in October, which will allow payments under the new Roads to Recovery program to be made this November.,’ he said.
Deputy prime minister and minister for infrastructure and regional development Warren Truss said the government was allocating a total of $350 million to councils under the program this year and was committed to doubling funding next year to $700 million, as announced in the 2014 budget.