Five projects across the Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) area will receive a share of more than $290 million in Australian Government funding under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport and Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz said it was great to see funding flow to deliver better and safer bridges and freight roads in the Lockyer.
“This vital funding is enabling Council to get projects right across the Lockyer Valley underway, fast-tracking priority projects to improve road safety, deliver more productive freight routes and boost local jobs and the economy,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This investments are about improving connectivity in our community, ensuring residents can get home sooner and safer.
“Upgrading freight routes means our hard working truckies, who form an essential part of the backbone of our national economy and have been working tirelessly during COVID-19 to keep shelves stocked, hospitals supplied and the economy moving – have a better workplace, our roads.
“In the Lockyer, road transport is critical to moving the food grown right here to feed the nation!” Mr Buchholz said.
Lockyer Valley Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan welcomed the funding injection into the Lockyer Valley.
“I want to thank the Australian Government and Scott Buchholz for again advocating for the Lockyer Valley.
“Now more than ever the continued roll out of road infrastructure projects is important to supporting local jobs, supporting economic growth and making sure residents in the Lockyer can get home safely.
“It is important our community, hit by the ongoing drought and bushfires last year, can access this funding to improving our regional road network and upgrade freight routes and crossings, to give confidence to local business,” Cr Milligan said.
State Member for Lockyer, Jim McDonald strongly welcomed the Australian Governments investments in the Lockyer’s road network.
“I really welcome the funding which means jobs for our community.
“An LNP State Government will work with the Federal Government to deliver better outcomes for our community,” Mr McDonald said.
Mr Buchholz said $146.97 million in funding through these rounds will go to councils affected by bushfires, drought or both.
“Already more than 500 projects funded through the BRP and HVSPP across the country have either been completed or are well underway and I look forward to getting shovels in the ground on these next projects here in the Lockyer,” Mr Buchholz said.
For more information and a list of successful applicants, visit:
Mr Buchholz – Scott O’Connell 0413 424 384