Two projects in the Byron Bay region will receive a boost in funding as part of the Federal Government’s $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.
Senator Perin Davey, Senator for NSW said the funding for local construction projects in Byron Shire Council was important to maintain jobs in the region and stimulate the local economy.
“Northern NSW has been significantly impacted by border restrictions and the slowdown in tourism, which is why we are committed to keeping the economy going by supporting local jobs,” Senator Davey said.
“That is why the Federal Government has moved quickly to approve $155,873 funding for CCTV upgrades in the Byron Bay CBD and $103,175 to improve the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall.
“This funding builds on the existing funding delivered to the Richmond Valley and Byron area under the LRCI, which includes projects already underway in the Ballina and Tweed local government areas.
“Our Government will continue to work closely with local councils to ensure projects get underway and start supporting jobs and businesses as soon as possible.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said over 5,800 projects have already been approved under the Program with around $835 million paid to councils across Australia.
“This funding will result in some much-wanted facilities and infrastructure in our community, which will have flow-on effects for local companies and suppliers,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“We know how important our support is to communities who have faced the combined effects of drought, bushfires and COVID-19, which is why the construction of new infrastructure will help support the community recover from their economic hardships.
“These projects are driving new money back into the local economy in the Byron Bay region and creating jobs at a time when we need it most – it’s a real win-win.”
In June 2021, the Federal Coalition also pre-paid $1.3 billion of this year’s Financial Assistance Grant to provide untied funding for all local councils across Australia to spend on local priorities.
More information on the Local Roads and and Community Infrastructure Program is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/local-roads-community-infrastructure-program