The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has approved funding for the asphalt upgrade program as part of its $1.5 billion Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program, which is supporting local jobs, businesses and boosting the economy during COVID-19.
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz said $360,000 in funding was being provided to Lockyer Valley Regional Council, to get shovels in the ground on small scale works that were important for the Lockyer.
“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local community, now and as we build our way out of the pandemic,” Mr Buchholz said.
“That is why we have moved quickly to approve funding to flow to projects across our region, that are supporting our community and this local road upgrade in Gatton is another example.
“Not only will this new program support jobs, local businesses, and economic growth in Gatton, it will also deliver a much-needed upgrade of local roads.
“I continue to work closely with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council to ensure local projects get underway, supporting jobs and businesses as soon as possible.”
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan said Council is committed to improving road networks where possible with funding helping to accelerate upgrades.
“The current road surface on Railway Street had become oxidised and Council undertook a full width asphalt overlay this week to extend the life of the road asset by more than ten years,” Cr Milligan said.
“Regions like ours rely heavily on our road networks for accessibility, and I extend my thanks to Scott Buchholz and the Federal Government for their support of the Lockyer Valley.
“The positive partnerships Council has developed with the Australian Government, is helping to aid economic growth and support job opportunities locally, and this project will have a longstanding impact on our community.”
In May 2020, the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government also pre-paid $1.3 billion of this year’s Financial Assistance Grant to provide untied funding for all local councils across Australia to spend on local priorities.
More information on the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/local-roads-community-infrastructure-program.
Mr Buchholz – Scott O’Connell – 0413 424 384
Pictured – Jim McDonald MP, State Member for Lockyer, Cr Janice Holstein and Scott Buchholz MP, Federal Member for Wright.