Our Vision for Infrastructure
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Mr BUCHHOLZ (Wright—Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport) (15:38):
It is a great opportunity to stand at the despatch box and talk about this government's infrastructure achievements in regional Australia.
The minister rightly pointed out the infrastructure projects that are happening across our capital cities.
But we must not forget the lion's share of infrastructure investment being spent in regional areas. This government is absolutely committed to the infrastructure that regional communities need.
There's $5.2 billion leaving our pockets through the Roads to Recovery Program from 2013-14 out to 2023 for local roads, appropriating directly to local government so that they can make those infrastructure priorities at their doorstep in their communities.
There's an additional $804 million through the Black Spots Program, which is saving lives—an additional $110 million per year from 2021-22 delivering those much-needed safety barriers and street lighting and upgrades of sections of dangerous roads that need attention.
There's an extra $2.6 billion through the Community Development Grants Program that has been rolled out from 2013-14 through to 2025-26.