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Budget delivers for NW roads with 'bonus' Roads to Recovery funding



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Budget delivers for NW roads with ‘bonus’ Roads to Recovery funding Wednesday, 10 May 2006

The Liberal Government’s 2006 Budget will deliver a major funding increase for roads throughout the North-West, the Federal Member for Braddon, Mark Baker MP, said today.

Mr Baker said almost $4.5 million had been allocated to the seven local councils in Braddon under the Roads to Recovery program - twice the amount provided in last year’s Budget.

“The Liberal Government will not only maintain funding under Roads to Recovery to assist our councils to upgrade their local roads, but we will also deliver supplementary funding equal to their annual allocations,” he said.

“For example, the Central Coast Council, which received $472,171 this financial year, will receive another $472,171 in 2006-2007 plus a supplementary payment of another $472,171 by the end of next month.

“This really is a major win for our local councils and will assist in the maintenance and upgrading of country roads throughout the North-West.

“Roads to Recovery is one of the Australian Government’s most successful programs because the councils determine the priorities and the Howard Government provides the funding to assist with the work.

“The extra funding provided in the Budget will allow North-West councils to carry out work on roads which otherwise may not have been attended to for at least another year.

“I know our local councils will be excited by the ‘bonus’ funding and I am sure it will assist to deliver safer roads across the Coast.”

Mr Baker said Roads to Recovery funding was in addition to the almost $1.7 billion provided to local councils by the Liberal Government through general purpose and local road grants.

“For 2006-2007, Tasmanian councils will share in $27.6 million in general purpose and $27.3 million in local roads funding, a 3.3 per cent increase over the current year,” he said.

“North-West councils will also be able to continue to apply for funding under the AusLink Black Spot Program for urgent safety improvements on roads where there has been a history of accidents.

“Through Roads to Recovery, local road grants, and the Black Spot program, the Liberal Government is helping local councils to deliver safer roads throughout our region.”