THE HON. GREG HUNT MP
Federal Member for Flinders
Minister for Health and Aged Care
THE HON. BARNABY JOYCE MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure,
Transport and Regional Development
THE HON. KEVIN HOGAN MP
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
Assistant Minister for Local Government
Federal Member for Page
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
- The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have been provided with over $10 million from the Morrison Government to improve local roads and deliver key community infrastructure projects across the Mornington Peninsula.
The funding is a part of the Morrison Government’s $1 billion third phase of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program (LRCI) to support councils nationwide.
- Under phase three of LRCI, local councils have been funded:
|Council/Eligible Funding Recipient||Phase Three Funding Amount||Total LRCI Funding|
|Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning||$54,286||$122,683|
|Mornington Peninsula Shire Council||$3,219,278||$10,308,629|
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said this funding is vital in keeping the Peninsula’s road safe and our local communities connected.
“Local roads connect our local communities, our businesses, our loved ones and our many visitors and tourists – which is why this investment is so important to keep them as up-to-date as possible,” Minister Hunt said.
“By investing in our roads we’re not just keeping our communities connected, but getting people and goods to where they need to be – safer and sooner than before.”
“I look forward to working with the Shire Council to nominate key projects in our community, using local knowledge to deliver safer and smoother roads for now and into the future.”
- Councils can nominate a broad range of local road projects for funding under the program, such as traffic signs, street lighting, bridges, tunnels, rest areas or even road and sidewalk improvements.
- Community infrastructure projects can include upgrading park and play facilities, installing Wi-Fi networks or safety-boosting closed circuit TV, or improving bike and walking paths.
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the funding injection would help drive local recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 as regions get ready to return to business as usual and reopen to the world.
“This funding will go directly to local governments to deliver some of their priority projects, which will create local jobs and get funding flowing across our regions,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“It will also mean communities will benefit from key community infrastructure projects, and lasting safety and access improvements on our roads, that will have a real impact on the day-to-day lives of residents.
“From sealing rough regional roads and installing safety barriers to upgrading sporting facilities and installing Wi-Fi networks, this program has already been making local projects that communities need and deserve a reality – and I look forward to seeing more get underway thanks to this third phase.”
Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said across all three phases, the program is delivering a total of $2.5 billion to local governments across Australia, with $1.495 billion already out the door and supporting over 6,100 projects nationwide.
- “I’m thrilled to be putting even more funding in the hands of local governments to help them deliver even more projects that will support their communities,” Assistant Minister Hogan said.
- “This program asks local councils to use local businesses and workforces to deliver their projects where possible and that’s exactly what we have been seeing, meaning these funds continue to flow on to hard-working Aussies, their families, and then back into their communities.
- “Shovels can hit the ground on projects as soon as work schedules are approved, so I call on all local councils to work with us to get this funding out the door and benefitting their communities as soon as possible by nominating projects now.”
- For more information on the $2.5 billion LRCI Program, including the guidelines and allocations for the $1 billion third phase, visit infrastructure.gov.au/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure.