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Hartsuyker pushes for extension of federal road funding project for Maclean and Pristine Waters Shire.



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper

MEDIA RELEASE

January 12, 2004

Hartsuyker pushes for extension of Federal road funding project for Maclean and Pristine Waters Shire

The Nationals Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, is pushing for the Federal Government’s Road to Recovery funding programme to be extended so further improvements can be made to local roads in the Maclean and Pristine Waters shire.

Under the existing R2R scheme, which will expire in the next financial year, the Commonwealth provides local councils with funding for expenditure on local roads.

The Maclean and Pristine Waters Shire Councils then determines where that money is spent.

Mr Hartsuyker said by funding local government directly and cutting out the State Government from managing the funds, the Commonwealth was allowing local councils to focus spending on projects which are considered local priorities.

“Councils such as the Maclean Shire, which has already been allotted $1.37 million, and Pristine Waters which has received $2.2 million have put a very good case for the Roads to Recovery programme to be continued which is why I have again made

representations to Federal Transport Minister John Anderson seeking a further commitment.

“While it is true that funding for the Roads to Recovery programme presently doesn’t extend past 2004/05, I believe the results that have been achieved to date highlight why it should be extended in some form.”

When the programme was launched in 2000 the Commonwealth committed $1.2 billion and set aside 70 per cent of that funding for rural and regional councils.

“Maclean shire has already put that funding to good use through upgrades on such projects at Angourie Road, Upper Coldstream Road and Gardiners Road in Townsend” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“I understand that projects at Lawrence, Harwood and Tyndale are also ongoing.

“The Maclean and Pristine Waters councils has earmarked the Federal funds for at least 40 projects but I acknowledge that councils have endured a lot of cost-shifting

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from State Governments and that has meant that some local government areas have not been able to allocate the level of funds they would like for roads.

“An extension of the Roads to Recovery programme would allow the councils to continue that work.”

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PUSHING FOR MORE ROAD FUNDING: The Nationals Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, and Maclean Shire mayor, Chris Gulaptis, discuss road projects which the council have been working on using Federal funds.