The $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme was passed in the Senate today after a long negotiation process which saw the extended funding withheld from local councils.
Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright is happy that the local Council will finally have access to the Roads to Recovery funding which goes a long way towards making sure our local roads are at their best.
“The successful passage of the Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014 means the $2.1 billion the Government allocated to councils for local road and street works under the Federal Budget is now signed, sealed and will be delivered next month”,
“This money will make a real difference to the ability of councils to deliver better and safer local roads and streets based on the communities need. In delivering this funding straight to Councils it is administered at a local, grass-roots level ensuring local priorities are addressed” said Mr Buchholz.
Mr Buchholz has been outspoken about the road blocks and political tactics which Labor and the Greens employed to prevent the passage of this bill.
“Labor; with the support of the Greens; left Roads to Recovery in limbo and local councils stranded; when they chose not to support the extension of funding past June 30 this year”,
“They have made a political game of a funding package which councils and communities need and which has the potential to prevent road accidents and fatalities” said Mr Buchholz.
Exact monetary allocations for councils are yet to be finalised.