Minister for Transport Anthony Albanese and Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin have announced that the Rudd Government is set to deliver a record $1.75 billion in new money to improve local roads, by securing the Roads to Recovery program for another five years.

The funds to councils in 2008-09 include:

  • Ballina Shire $803,928
  • Clarence Valley $1,306,277
  • Kyogle $987,378
  • Lismore City $783,267
  • Richmond Valley $643,603.    

Mr Albanese said this was an increase of $50 million a year compared with the previous allocation under Roads to Recovery.

Ms Saffin said that in 2008-09 alone the Government would deliver more than $4.5 million to councils in the Page electorate for urgent work on local roads.

“The money will help fund urgent upgrades and repairs to maintain local roads and make them safer for the thousands of people who travel them every day,” Ms Saffin said.

Mr Albanese said the Roads to Recovery program was due to run out on 30 June, 2009.

“That’s why I introduced legislation into the parliament which not only secures the program for five years, but increases funding by $250 million to a record $1.75 billion to councils,” he said.

Ms Saffin said local roads were critical for efficient and safe freight movements, and the Rudd Government was working in partnership with councils to deliver safer roads.

Each council’s allocation of the new funding will be determined later in the year by State and Territory grants commissions.

Further information on Roads to Recovery can be found at http://www.auslink.gov.au/funding/r2r/index.aspx