Roads to Recovery payments head to local governments


More than $135 million is being shared between 354 councils to help fund road projects.

 

The final instalment of Roads to Recovery payments for the 2014-2015 financial year have gone to councils to help cover the cost of road projects.

Federal infrastructure minister Warren Truss says 354 local governments across Australia are sharing in more than $135 million, bringing the total amount received by councils this financial year to $321.7 million.

Truss says the funds will deliver much-needed local road construction and street maintenance.

"Over the full five years of the program, local road and street works with receive $2.1 billion under the program, which is a vital for local councils," he says.

"And, this coming 2015-16 financial year, councils will each receive a double allocation boosting the program from $350 million to $700 million."

"Our Roads to Recovery program allows councils across Australia to direct road construction and maintenance funding to where it is needed most, ensuring that local needs and knowledge choose the best local roads.

Truss says councils are already planning for the next allocation of funding, which will arrive in the first quarter of the new financial year.

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