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M223a/2000 27 November 2000

QUEENSLAND LOCAL COMMUNITIES WINNERS FROM ROAD TO RECOVERY

Every Queensland local community is a winner with a massive 82% increase in Federal local road funding as part of the $1.6 billion Road to Recovery programme, Federal Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Senator Ian Macdonald said today.

Senator Macdonald said an extra $250 million in Federal funding will flow to Queensland communities through their local Councils over the four year life of this programme.

“This package recognises the critical need to upgrade local roads and is a demonstration that the Federal Government has heard the message that local communities and their councils couldn’t meet the demand without extra assistance,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This massive $1.6 bn boost comes on top of the $404 million that the Federal Government already gives each year to Local Government to assist with local roads.”

Senator Macdonald said that funding will help rural and regional councils and their communities, in particular, because of their unique difficulties.  However, urban councils still needed additional assistance despite their access to more consistent revenue sources.

Of the additional $250 million for Queensland communities, around $214 million will go to rural and regional councils and around $36 million for urban and metropolitan councils.

“The Howard Government is determined to govern for all Australians,” Senator Macdonald said.

“We will continue to provide special assistance to regional areas, to help iron out region to region disparities.  However, while regional and rural councils want a fair go, they don’t want that to be at the detriment of urban communities. This package recognises the need to help everyone.”

Senator Macdonald said the Government had been listening to the calls for increased road assistance during the Regional Australia summit, the Northern Australia Forum and a number of Local Government forums.

“And during all my regional Queensland road treks, covering tens of thousands of kilometres on Queensland roads, local communities and their councils have been consistently asking us to help them improve their roads. Having hit most of the potholes myself, I didn’t need too much convincing,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This is a much needed investment in infrastructure that will have a lasting impact on the development of local communities.  It will help commerce, lifestyle and jobs.”

 

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