The Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, says there can be big benefits for local councils in the Government’s $890 million injection of funding for improving community infrastructure and safety on the roads.

“From Canberra I have rung the five local mayors to let them know about the extra funding for roads and infrastructure,” Ms Saffin said.

The Black Spots, Boom Gates, Regional Roads and Community Infrastructure program is a key element of the Government’s Nation Building and Jobs Package to support up to 90,000 Australian jobs.

The long-term nation-building investment will fund:

  • Around 350 additional safety improvement projects under the Black Spot Program
  • $500 million in Strategic Projects under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program
  • $150 million of critical maintenance works on Australia’s national highways
  • Bring forward the installation of around 200 new boom gates

“Local councils know all too well the black spot areas on their roads and this is a big opportunity for the local councils in Page to put forward their proposals for funding under the Black Spots program,” Ms Saffin said.

“The extra funding for Strategic Projects under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is also encouraging news for local councils.

“Last November the Government announced $50 million would be available for strategic projects such as community centres, town halls, sports centres and libraries, and I’m delighted to see that has now expanded to $500 million as part of the Government’s program to support Australian jobs.

“All the councils in Page put forward their proposals and the expanded investment means more projects in the existing application process will be funded.”

Construction of local community infrastructure will start almost immediately and will be mostly completed within two years.