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Budget 2006: An extra $4.8 million for road upgrades in Hume.



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AN EXTRA $4.8 MILLION FOR ROAD UPGRADES IN HUME

Thursday, 11 May 2006

Local councils in Hume will share in an extra $4,787,928 this financial year to undertake much needed road upgrades, NSW Nationals Senator Fiona Nash said today.

The extra funding is thanks to a Federal Government commitment to spend an additional $307.5 million in funding to local councils across Australia under the Roads to Recovery (R2R) program.

Announced as part of spending measures outlined in the 2006 Budget, Senator Nash explained the money will be allocated among local councils - for use on future projects - between now and the end of the financial year - June 30, 2006.

“The $307.5 million boost to the Howard-Vaile Government’s Roads to Recovery program is equivalent to an additional year of program funding,” Senator Nash said.

“The $4.8 million in supplementary funding for Hume will give local governments greater opportunity to accelerate upgrades to local road infrastructure, and will be provided on top of Roads to Recovery funding already allocated for 2006-07.

“It brings the Australian Government’s commitment to local road improvements in the financial years 2004-05 to 2008-09 to $2 billion. This is made up of $1.48 billion for AusLink Roads to Recovery, the $307.5 million supplementary payment and $220 million under the AusLink Strategic Regional Program.”

Senator Nash said councils across Australia will also share in annual Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) which are earmarked for roads, with a total of $515.2 million committed for 2006-07.

“This is great news for people living and working in rural and regional Australia. It means local councils can now make significant improvements to the roads infrastructure in their area, infrastructure their rate-payers so heavily rely on for everything from transporting goods and livestock, to the school bus making its daily run to town,” Senator Nash said.

“Overall, there has been a massive investment of $5 billion in our transport infrastructure nationwide in 2005-06 and 2006-07, with a substantial portion being spent in rural and regional areas.

“The Nationals have long been campaigning for an increase in spending on transport

infrastructure and this funding represents a significant commitment by the Howard-Vaile government to improving Australia’s road network.” Senator Nash said.

A BREAK-DOWN OF ROADS TO RECOVERY SPENDING IN HUME:

Local Government Authority, 2006-07 R2R AusLink Allocationn ($), Supplementary Allocation ($)

o Boorowa Council/ 259,345/ 259,345 o Goulburn Mulwaree Council/ 624,057/ 624,057 o Harden Shire Council/ 382,232/ 382,232 o Palerang Council/ 522,766/ 522,766 o Upper Lachlan Shire Council/ 776,255/ 776,255 o Wingecarribee Shire Council/ 692,827/ 692,827 o Wollondilly Shire Council/ 543,241/ 543,241 o Yass Valley Council/ 483,376/ 483,376 o Young Shire Council/ 503,829/ 503,829

AN OVERVIEW OF SPENDING ON RURAL AND REGIONAL ROADS AND RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE:

o $307.5 million of Roads to Recovery program funding to be made available in 2005-06 as a supplement to the $300 million provided on average each year to local councils under this program. o $44.5 million in 2006-07 on a targeted program to fix ‘black spot’ road crash sites

around Australia under the AusLink Black Spot program, with half the funding of each state reserved for projects in non-metropolitan areas. o An additional $800 million to NSW in 2005-06 aimed at dramatically increasing the pace of converting the Hume Highway in southern NSW to four lanes by 2012. o An additional $34.1 million for duplication and other works on the Hume Highway from 2006-07 to 2008-09 bringing the Coalition Government’s commitment to the

NSW section of the Hume to $1398.3 million. o $270 million upgrade for the interstate rail network.

A BREAK-DOWN OF SPENDING IN NEW SOUTH WALES (2006-07):

o $85.6 million from supplementary Roads to Recovery Program funding o $85.6 million from the AusLink Roads to Recovery Program o $30.1 million from AusLink’s Strategic Regional Program o $149.5 million in untied Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) for local roads o $14.3 million under the AusLink Black Spot Program

Media contact: Julie Siegert 0429 818 600