ALGA applauds local road funding

THE Australian Local Government Association has welcomed the extension of the Roads to Recovery program funding announced in Tuesday's Federal Budget.

ALGA vice-president Felicity-Ann Lewis applauded the Gillard government's decision to provide direct funding for local roads for a further five years beyond 2014, when the program was due to finish.

"Last year, ALGA launched a national campaign to secure ongoing federal funding to assist councils to maintain local roads and address an estimated shortfall of $1.2 billion in their investment. I am pleased to say that the Australian government has listened to local government's concerns and extended the program until 2019," Ms Lewis said.

"Local communities across the country will benefit from the Government's commitment to provide $350 million a year for five years from 2014 to 2019 under the R2R program, ensuring the maintenance of our local roads, which make up more than 80 per cent of our national road system."

Treasurer Wayne Swan also revealed the Federal Government would provide blackspot funding of $60 million a year for five years from 2014-19 and, in addition, will provide $20 million a year over seven years from 2012-13 for heavy vehicle safety, including more rest stops for truck drivers.



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