Federal MP Janelle Saffin today announced that five councils across Page would share almost $22 million in unprecedented funding to maintain and upgrade local roads over the next five years.

Ms Saffin said the record funding was a significant investment in improving the safety and condition of the region’s local roads, and would support local jobs and business during the current global recession.

“Importantly, this funding from the Rudd Government’s $1.75 billion Roads To Recovery program is untied; councils can spend their allocations on local priorities identified by local communities,” she said.

The Page allocations (2009/10 to 2013/14) are:

  • Clarence Valley Council – $7,335,779.
  • Lismore City Council – $4,567,416.
  • Kyogle Shire Council – $3,738,919.
  • Richmond Valley Council – $3,467,402.
  • Ballina Shire Council – $2,863,655.
  • Total – $21,973,171.

Ms Saffin said the Rudd Government last year extended Roads To Recovery for a further five years and boosted its funding to $1.75 billion – an extra $250 million when compared with the previous government’s allocation.

“All up, our record roads funding for the nation’s councils and shires will deliver more than 20,000 minor road projects in every part of the country over the next five years,” she said.

The funding allocations are based on the recommendations of State/Territory Local Government grants commissions.

In addition to Roads to Recovery, the Rudd Government is also providing the nation’s councils with:

  • A record $1.9 billion in Financial Assistance Grants this financial year alone;
  • $800 million from the Community Infrastructure Program – the largest ever Federal investment in local infrastructure.