Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King has welcomed the Morrison Government’s announcement of $500 million to be spent on local roads and infrastructure, but warned that more needs to be done to ensure Australia’s economic recovery.
“With 537 councils around Australia who are all in need of additional funding, this $500 million program is welcome but modest,” Ms King said.
“Councils across our region have long lists of great projects that have been waiting years for funding. I look forward to seeing some of these projects get the funding they deserve”.
“$3,783,438 won’t stretch very far when you consider all the road, bridge, intersection and other infrastructure upgrades that are needed across Ballarat, Hepburn and Moorabool.”
“To drive Australia’s recovery from this crisis, the Government needs to announce a comprehensive plan to bring forward investment across the nation – this means investing in everything from small roads and roundabouts to bigger projects like upgrades to rail and major roads.”
“This is a good start, and I hope the Government continues and gives our community the funding we deserve.”
“Under this new fund, Councils will have to seek approval from the Commonwealth before funding for projects can be delivered. It is crucial that this process gets the work done quickly.”
Allocations for councils in the Ballarat Electorate:
• City of Ballarat $1,532,905
• Hepburn Shire Council $968,830
• Moorabool Shire Council $1,281,703