$2.6 Million Budget Investment Welcomed
Golden Plains Shire Council has welcomed more than $2.6 million for local roads and community infrastructure in the Federal Government’s Budget 2021/22, announced last week.
The funding of $2,667,310 for Golden Plains Shire is part of Phase 3 of the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program. As with Phase 1 and 2 of the LRCI Program, Council will identify local projects meeting the funding requirements and submit the list to the Federal Government for approval.
Mayor Cr Helena Kirby says Council is very pleased that the Federal Government extended the LRCI Program in its 2021/22 Budget, allocating a further $2.6 million for Golden Plains Shire.
“Advocating for investment in our communities is a top priority of Council and we are thrilled this has resulted in more than $5 million for local roads and community infrastructure under this program.
“Council’s CEO and I recently met with all our local Federal Government MP’s and Senators and we shared the wonderful outcomes of this program and the list of valuable projects we could deliver with greater investment. We thank the Australian Government for listening and extending this important funding program for local municipalities.
“The $2.8 million we received in the first two rounds of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program has allowed Council to fast track the delivery of five playground upgrades, two new bridges, road improvements in 10 towns, a new youth hub for the Shire and significant upgrades at three popular sport and active recreation locations in Golden Plains. We look forward to adding to this list with the latest $2.6 million commitment.”
In Phase 1 of the LRCI Program, Council received $1,333,655 and has completed the replacement of Reserve Road Bridge in Rokewood, Maude Recreation Reserve/Lookout water supply upgrade, and playground upgrades in Dereel and Haddon. The following Phase 2 LRCI projects are underway in Golden Plains Shire: playground upgrades in Linton and Garibaldi, Bannockburn Bowls upgrade, Golden Plains Youth Hub, Inverleigh Sporting Complex Female Friendly Change Rooms and Bannockburn Skate Park upgrade.
In Phase 2 of the LRCI Program, Council received $1,512,680 and allocated the funding to the following projects: Enfield Playground upgrade; Buninyong–Mt Mercer/Hardies Hill Road, Garibaldi intersection upgrade; Derwent Jacks Road/Snow Gum Road/Reef Road/Chromes Road, Berringa intersection upgrade; Paddys Gully Road Bridge Replacement, Rokewood Junction; Bannockburn Skate Park upgrade; Lethbridge Cricket Net upgrade; and guardrail replacements on roads in Rokewood, Happy Valley, Werneth, Haddon, Meredith, Inverleigh, Linton and Piggoreet.
The Australian Government’s LRCI program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. Across three phases and nation-wide, the total Australian Government commitment to the LRCI Program to $2.5 billion.