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More funding for roads is welcome news

Council President Adrian Dixon has today commended the decision to increase the Roads to Recovery funding allocated to Councils by an extra $1.105 billion over the next two years. The announcement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss comes after a recent announcement that Roads to Recovery funding will be permanent funding arrangement for local governments.

"Roads are really important to people living in our remote communities" President Dixon advised. "The Council is responsible for the maintenance of nearly 2000 km of roads in the region. The cost of maintaining these roads is extremely high and the Council is entirely reliant on grants to fund roads maintenance and upgrade projects. The Roads to Recovery funding has been vital to the Council and it is extremely pleasing to see that this funding will continue."

The Council's 5 Year Roads Plan has been drafted based on existing funding arrangements. Once details of the increased funding are provided the Council will commence rolling out an accelerated roads program. "The certainty of ongoing funding will allow the Council to make better long term plans" Council CEO Cathryn Hutton indicated. "The Council already has a very capable roads crew and with increased funding comes the ability to expand local employment as well as improve the overall road network."

For more information please contact Glenn Marshall, Director Works and Infrastructure 8958 9500.