Boost for economy as council receives $584,000 for road projects

FUNDING: Calare MP Andrew Gee.
FUNDING: Calare MP Andrew Gee.

Oberon Council is set to receive $584,514 in funding under the Federal Government's $1.8 billion boost for road and community projects through local governments across Australia.

The investment will support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19.

Calare MP and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education Andrew Gee said the package included the establishment of a new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and the bringing forward of $1.3 billion of the 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment.

The new program is based on the successful Roads to Recovery program and will enable local councils to deliver priority projects with a focus on upgrades and maintenance to local roads and community infrastructure.

Mr Gee said more than $8.8 million in funding wouldl go to accelerating local infrastructure projects which will support jobs and the local economy in the Central West.

"Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local communities, both now and as we navigate out of the coronavirus pandemic," Mr Gee said.

"Not only will this package support jobs and economic activity across the Oberon Council area, it will also improve our local roads and provide for new and upgraded community infrastructure, which is a great investment.

"I will be working closely with council to make sure projects get under way to help support local employment and businesses as soon as possible.

"A broad range of community infrastructure projects will be eligible, including new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community facilities, and picnic shelters and barbecue facilities at parks which will provide significant enhancement to our region."

Local road projects to be delivered under the program include constructing or improving bridges, street lighting, and heavy vehicle facilities such as rest areas.