A great day for Pearce roads
Posted on Thursday, 22 January 2004
Member for Pearce Judi Moylan has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement today for a $2 billion funding boost for transport infrastructure, which will particularly benefit regional and outer metropolitan Australia.
Announced by the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services John Anderson and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell, the program will:
• extend the highly successful Roads to Recovery Program,
• redirect Fuel Sales Grants Scheme funding to land transport infrastructure improvements in regional and outer metropolitan areas.
Ms Moylan was complimentary of the Ministers’ plan and said the safety of drivers and road users was of primary concern.
“Many WA roads are in dire need of funding to improve safety levels and this funding will be directed to areas most in need, such as country roads and regional highways,” she said.
Ms Moylan said local government welcomed the initial Roads to Recovery program, which since its introduction on January 1, 2002, had helped them tackle the serious backlog of essential improvements to local roads.
“They will be delighted with the announcement to continue the Roads to Recovery program,” she said.
Under the extended Roads to Recovery arrangements, the Government will provide local councils with $1.2 billion over four years - $300 million a year. Two hundred million dollars a year will be allocated by formula, as at present, for local roads. The remaining $100 million a year will be available direct to councils to undertake local land transport infrastructure projects of strategic regional importance, particularly those that support emerging and expanding industries.