$1 billion in funding available for local council priority projects

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Local councils can now start nominating their priority projects for the third phase of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, with $1 billion in funding available.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said the funding injection would help drive the recovery of regional economies.

“This funding will go directly to local governments to help them deliver some of their priority projects, creating jobs and ensuring funding flows across our regions,” Mr Joyce said.

“From sealing rough regional roads and installing safety barriers, to upgrading sporting facilities and installing Wi-Fi networks, this program delivers the local projects that communities need and deserve.”

With guidelines for the third phase now online, councils can nominate a broad range of local road projects for funding under the program, such as traffic signs, street lighting, bridges, tunnels, rest areas or even road and sidewalk improvements.

Community infrastructure projects can include upgrading park and play facilities, installing Wi-Fi networks or safety-boosting closed circuit TV, or improving bike and walking paths.

Assistant Minister for Local Government, Kevin Hogan, said the projects and economic benefits delivered through the program help ensure our communities stay safe, strong and vibrant.

Read more at Council Magazine.