The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has approved funding for two local projects in Bendigo as part of its $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, which is supporting local jobs, businesses and boosting the economy during COVID-19.
Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects was important for maintaining jobs and economic growth in Bendigo.
“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local community, now and as we build our way out of this pandemic,” Senator McKenzie said.
“That is why we have moved quickly to approve funding to flow to the Newstead Loop Walking Trail and a reserve and park upgrade in Bendigo. Both these projects combined are worth more than $44,000.”
“Not only will this program support jobs, construction businesses and economic growth across the region, it will also improve road safety and bolster the resilience of our local road networks, helping Australians get home sooner and safer.”
“We will work closely with Mount Alexander Shire Council to ensure these local 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 Bendigo and creating jobs at a time when we need it most – it’s a real win-win.”
In June 2021, the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government 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 Community Infrastructure Program is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/local-roads-community-infrastructure-program.