THE HON. GREG HUNT MP
Federal Member for Flinders
Minister for Health and Aged Care
THE HON KEVIN HOGAN MP
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
Assistant Minister for Local Government
Federal Member for Page
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has received an additional $23,170 for local road improvements, totalling over $8 million since 2019 thanks to funding under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said the money will go to improving roads across the Mornington Peninsula to get residents home sooner and safer.
“Our roads are vital in connecting residents to their local businesses and communities, which is why this funding is so important in making sure we’re all connected safely,” Minister Hunt said.
“This funding across the Flinders electorate will allow the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to accelerate a number of high priority projects and use their local knowledge to deliver the best local roads.”
“This forms part of the Morrison Government’s unwavering commitment to getting Australians home sooner and safer across the nation.”
The following funding has been allocated to Flinders from 2019:
|Council||Total R2R Allocation
2019-20 to 2023
|Mornington Peninsula Shire Council||$8,048,197|
|Department of Environment, Land, Water &
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s Mayor Despi O’Connor said the Roads to Recovery funding has helped the Council accelerate key local road projects to keep our communities connected and safe.
“It has enabled us to progress several much-needed projects such as stage 3 of the Bentons Road upgrade and a roundabout at the junction of Merricks and Stanleys roads, as well as the upgrade of Wilkinson and Carmichael streets in Tootgarook and Broadway in Capel Sound.” Mayor O’Connor said.
“It will make a real difference to the lives of countless local residents.”
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said the Australian Government has committed an additional $100 million per year to the Roads to Recovery Program from 2019–20, as part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019–20 Budget.
“From 2013–14 to 2023–24, the Government will provide $6.2 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year following,” Mr Hogan said.
“We are investing in infrastructure nationwide in order to lay the foundations for economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Assisting local councils to maintain and improve roads under their jurisdiction is a big part of that, which is why we are also funding a $2.5 billion Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and the bringing forward of $1.3 billion of the 2021–22 Financial Assistance Grant payment.”
Mr Hogan said Roads to Recovery investments deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the country.
“The Australian Government supports local governments to provide vital infrastructure and services through a range of programs.
“This support includes Financial Assistance Grants and the Bridges Renewal, Black Spot, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity, Roads to Recovery and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure programs.”
More information on these programs is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au.