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Three priority projects around Cessnock will be upgraded thanks to funding from the Federal Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.
The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing $2,130,798 including $800,000 for the Kurri Kurri CBD upgrade, funding to reseal local roads and improved suburban signage.
Senator for New South Wales, Perin Davey said the funding reflects Cessnock’s top priorities and will ensure the needs of our local communities are met while supporting local jobs.
“With the challenges presented by COVID-19, bushfires, floods and other events, the past couple of years have been tough for communities, businesses and local councils,” Senator Davey said.
“That’s why we have moved quickly to approve funding for Cessnock City Council project, paving the way for shovels to hit the dirt to make them a reality.
“This will provide a vital boost for the local communities, backing local jobs and economic growth while delivering lasting upgrades that will benefit residents for years to come.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce said $1 billion in funding is flowing under the third phase of the LRCI program to local councils across Australia to improve their local road networks and deliver priority community infrastructure projects.
“This builds on the $1.5 billion already approved to deliver more than 6,100 projects nationwide under the first two phases of the program,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“This program is having a significant impact across the country, with more than 2,000 projects already complete or under construction – delivering upgrades to local roads, bike paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, as well as improved accessibility to public facilities.
“Phase 3 will build on this, delivering more jobs, more economic stimulus, and more of the local priority projects that communities need and deserve.”
Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said the program forms part of the Liberal and Nationals unwavering commitment to back local councils and their communities through COVID-19 and secure a stronger future out the other side of the pandemic.
“We want to deliver the best outcomes for locals under this program, which is why we have listened and acted on council feedback, providing a longer delivery window for local governments to pursue larger, more complex projects that may be a higher priority and have a bigger impact on the community,” Assistant Minister Hogan said.
“We also get councils to use local businesses and workforces to deliver these projects as much as possible, ensuring this stimulus flows directly into the hands of hard-working Aussies, their families, their businesses and their communities.
“I look forward to seeing more projects get underway and supporting jobs and communities at this critical time.”
For more information on the $2.5 billion LRCI program, including the allocations for the $1 billion third phase, visit https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure/.
Made possible under the third phase of the Australian Government’s $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, projects to be delivered by the Hunter region include:
- $800,000 for Kurri Kurri CBD upgrade – pavement rehabilitation, to rebuild the existing pavement in poor condition.
- $1,290,798 for Local Roads Reseal Program, to seal over cracks in sealed road surfaces.
- $40,000 for Cliftleigh and Heddon Greta suburb entry signs, to assist with tourist wayfinding in the road corridor.