$2.2m Cash injection to fix Townsville roads and infrastructure and boost jobs
Townsville City Council will receive more than $2.2-million to fast track road and community infrastructure projects as part of a $500-million nationwide program.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the funding would support local jobs and provide a boost for the local economy as it recovers from COVID-19.
“The crippling effects of COVID-19 have been widespread and Townsville needs more jobs now more than ever,” he said.
“This program will give Council the ability to get to work quickly on small, shovel-ready projects across our community that not only improve our road network but also improve our way of life.
“The money can be used for a broad range of projects including bridges, traffic signs and control equipment, street lighting, new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community halls, picnic shelters and barbeque facilities at parks.
“I look forward to working with Townsville City Council and seeing the excellent improvements to our local area which will come out of this announcement and, more importantly, the boost for the local workforce.”
The Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program has been based on the already established Roads to Recovery Program which will allow local councils to get to work very quickly.
Guidelines for the Program will be provided directly to local governments by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
Allocations under the Financial Assistance Grant and Local Road and Community Infrastructure programs can be found at https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/lrci.
The $1.3-billion 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment has also been brought forward to help support councils at this time.