The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will receive a more than $700,000 increase in Australian Government funding provided under the new Roads to Recovery Program.
Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt MP said the Mornington Peninsula Shire will receive $6,438,558 in base funding for the new period, up from $5,733,877 during the last period.
“This funding under the Roads to Recovery Program is great news for the Mornington Peninsula,” Mr Hunt said.
“The funding provides councils with the ability to invest in upgrading local roads, helping to improve safety and efficiency levels for all users of the network and economic growth in our local communities.”
“This ongoing and improved funding commitment will ensure that the Mornington Peninsula Shire is better able to decide what local roads are priorities and how money should be spent.”
“Reducing road trauma is a responsibility for us all—it’s about safer drivers, safer cars and safer roads.”
The Roads to Recovery Program involved close collaboration between the Australian and local governments to deliver the road infrastructure improvements required to support economic growth.
The allocations for Electorate have been calculated using the proportion of Financial Assistance Grants that each local governing body receives and updated assessments undertaken by local government grants commissions.
The Coalition Government clearly demonstrated its commitment to continuing this important partnership by recently ensuring that no new legislation will be required to extend the program in the future.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Program would provide $2 billion to local government bodies across Australia from 2019−20 to 2023−24.
“The Coalition Government is investing $400 million each and every year following an extension of the Program in the 2016 Budget to deliver a further $50 million per annum from 2019−20 onwards,” Mr McCormack said.
“This means that the majority of councils will receive more Roads to Recovery funding in the 2019 20 to 2023-24 program than their base allocation in 2014-15.”
Through the Roads to Recovery Program, the Government supports councils with the ongoing maintenance of Australia’s local road infrastructure, facilitating greater access and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.