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OVER $3 MILLION BOOST FOR LOCAL COUNCILS ACROSS REID

Tuesday, 26 May 2020
The six councils in the electorate of Reid will be supported as part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s $1.8 billion boost for road and community projects through local governments across Australia.
 
The investment will support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19.
 
Federal Member for Reid Dr Fiona Martin MP said the package included the establishment of a new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and the bringing forward of $1.3 billion of the 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment.
 
Dr Martin has held a teleconference with local mayors to identify projects that are key priorities across each local government area.
 
“I will be working closely with all six of the councils in Reid to make sure projects commence as soon as possible to support jobs, businesses and our local economy,” she stated. “I have been holding weekly teleconferences with Reid’s mayors to collaborate on the community response to the coronavirus. This has given us a useful forum to identify and discuss key projects needed across the electorate.”
 
The new program is based on the successful Roads to Recovery program and will enable local councils to deliver priority projects with a focus on upgrades and maintenance to local roads and community infrastructure.
 
A broad range of community infrastructure projects will be eligible including new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community facilities, as well as picnic shelters and barbeque facilities at parks.
 
Dr Martin said accelerating local infrastructure projects was important for supporting jobs and the local economy in Reid.
 
“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local community as we navigate out of the coronavirus pandemic,” Dr Martin said. “Not only will this package support jobs, construction businesses and the economy across Reid, it will improve our local roads and provide for new and upgraded amenities to help communities stay connected.”
 
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.
 
Councils in Reid include Burwood Council, City of Canada Bay Council, City of Parramatta Council, Cumberland Council, Inner West Council and Strathfield Council.
 

 
Dr Fiona Martin MP
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