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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 72

Question No. 16

Mr O'Keefe asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 3 May 1983:

(1) Will the Government continue to fund the Bicentenary Road Program.

(2) If so, will the former Government's program of assistance to local government for this purpose be continued.

(3) When will an announcement be made on funding in this important field.

Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1), (2) and (3)-The Governor-General in his opening address to Parliament on 21 April 1983 announced that the Government would continue the Australian Bicentennial Road Development (ABRD) Program. This program provides funding to the States and the Northern Territory under four road categories, including local roads. Funds available for local roads are expected to amount to approximately $300m over the duration of the Program which terminates on 31 December 1988.

The Government is also providing funds for local roads under the recently established Community Employment Program. Under this program an amount of $70m has been specifically earmarked in 1983-84 for the Jobs on Local Roads (JOLOR) Program. The JOLOR program is designed to reduce the backlog of local road works in addition to creating worthwhile employment opportunities. JOLOR funds are being made available for approved projects involving the construction or maintenance of local roads and, if authorities so wish, the construction of cycle paths regardless of whether the cycle path is associated with a road.