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The feds ‘step in’ to save local infrastructure

December 8, 2020

The feds ‘step in’ to save local infrastructure

The Federal Government has stepped in to guarantee bicycle and walking paths get built on the Northern Beaches.

$1,418,332 has been approved for local community bicycle and walking paths creating 9 full time local jobs.

Federal Member for the Northern Beaches, Jason Falinski said getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects was important for maintaining jobs and economic growth across the Beaches

“Every single job the Liberal government support makes a huge difference in our local community, now and as we build our way out of the pandemic,” Mr Falinski said.

“The residents of Warringah and Mackellar, can sleep easy in knowing that when others may fail them, the Liberal Federal Government will step in.”

“Not only will this new program support jobs, construction businesses and economic growth across the Beaches, it will also improve road safety and bolster the resilience of our local road networks, helping Australians get home sooner and safer.

“I urge the Northern Beaches Council to not allow this money to be tied up in bureaucracy but get building right away.”

The project is providing a walking network to improve connections to key destinations to meet community concerns regarding access and safety for older members of our community, school children and young families.

Council began the project on the 20th of August, and if they stay on schedule the project will be completed by the 21st of July 2021.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the projects funded under the Program will improve the quality of life of Australians and have lasting economic and social benefits for local communities.

“Our funding boost will help communities across Australia accelerate priority projects to get people into jobs and stimulate our economy,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“We know how important our support is to communities who have faced the combined effects of drought, bushfires and now COVID-19, which is why we are backing projects to create employment and business opportunities while cutting travel times, as well as making our roads and communities safer.

“Having only announced the program in late May, we are moving decisively to deliver the support councils and communities need to get through this pandemic and get back on their feet.”

In May 2020, the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government also pre-paid $1.3 billion of this year’s Financial Assistance Grant to provide untied funding for all local councils across Australia to spend on local priorities.

More information on the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/local-roads-community-infrastructure-program

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