Northam, Toodyay and York to get more than $5.4 million in Roads to Recovery funding

The Shires of Northam, Toodyay and York are set to receive $2,196,120, $1,527,065 and $1,699,213 respectively in Federal funding over the next five years for local road construction and street repairs.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has welcomed the substantial commitment under the Australian Government’s $2.1billion Roads to Recovery programme.

“As the new local member I have been working hard with the Shires of Northam, Toodyay and York and the Infrastructure Minister to ensure these regions received a strong share of this very important funding,” Mr Porter said.

“The results have been very pleasing and the funding is great news for these Shires, local residents and businesses in my electorate.

“In 2014-15 the Shire of Northam will receive $366,020, the Shire of Toodyay will receive $254,511 and the Shire of York will receive $283,202, and I anticipate these funds will make a real difference in building roads, repairing streets and creating better access across our community.

“As announced in the 2014 Federal Budget, our Government is doubling Roads to Recovery payments to councils next year (2015-16) to $700million, which will be a tremendous windfall for much-needed local road works.

“Importantly, the Roads to Recovery Programme is set up for councils to make road spending decisions based on local needs – without interference from Canberra – to ensure that funding is truly directed to where it is most needed in the community.”

Mr Porter said the Australian Government has extended Roads to Recovery for another five years to ensure councils all over Australia receive the funding they need to ensure local roads are safe, our communities are well connected and moving freight in and out of town is efficient.

“Through Roads to Recovery, the Australian Government is supporting our councils with the ongoing maintenance of Australia’s local road infrastructure, facilitating greater access, improving safety, and driving economic and social advances,” he said.