ROADS in the Lockhart Shire will receive a boost following a funding announcement of $1.8 million.
Councils in the Wagga electorate received more than $9.4 Million from the Financial Assistance Grants scheme by the Federal Government.
The grant will help to deliver vital services and infrastructure for their communities such as fixing roads, funding new infrastructure and investing in environmental programs.
The scheme provides funding in two parts – the first is open for councils to use the funding on local priorities and the second is specifically for roads.
WHERE THE MONEY WILL FLOW:
- Wagga City Council: $4,956,776
- Lockhart Shire Council: $1,864,331
- Snowy Valleys Council: $2,667,311
Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire MP said the initiative gives councils the freedom to fund projects the community needs the most.
“Councils can spend grant money how, when and on what they choose, including infrastructure renewal and maintenance of local roads and bridges,” Mr Maguire said.
“I want to thank our Federal Member Michael McCormack for lobbying Senator Fiona Nash to restore funding to our local governments.”
“This funding will provide an additional $24 million to our state’s councils, and we want every dollar that goes into Local Government to count.”
“This Federal Government program provides councils with another boost to support local projects and services.” The early distribution was part of a suite of measures aimed at benefiting regional Australia.
“This allows councils to start projects early, or earn interest on this money, or it may help them to support their contribution for grants applications for projects in their area,” Mr Maguire said.