Funding to boost local councils

Councils in the Murraylands, South East, Barossa and Riverland will be allocated funding through the Federal Government's $1.8 billion boost for road and community projects to support local jobs, businesses and economies.

The package includes a new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and fast tracking the $1.3 billion 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the new program was based on the Roads to Recovery project.

"Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local communities, now and as we navigate out of the coronavirus pandemic," Mr Pasin said.

"Not only will this package support jobs, construction businesses and the economy across Barker, it will improve our local roads and provide for new and upgraded amenities to help communities stay connected.

"I will be working closely with councils to make sure projects get under way to support jobs and businesses as soon as possible."

Funds will deliver projects such as street lighting, rest areas, improving bridges and tunnels, bicycle or walking paths and community facilities.

The councils in the Barker electorate to receive funding are:

  • Rural City of Murray Bridge - $2,660,107
  • Coorong District Council - $2,417,509
  • District Council of Karoonda East Murray $1,264,354
  • Mid Murray Council - $2,837,446
  • Southern Mallee District Council - $1,337,330
  • Tatiara District Council - $2,398,708
  • The Barossa Council - $1,287,567
  • Light Regional Council - $1,009,806
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council - $2,187,236
  • District Council of Robe - $278,838
  • Kingston District Council - $754,657
  • Berri Barmera Council - $1,664,949
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie - $3,136,872
  • Renmark Paringa Council - $1,740,616
  • District Council of Grant - $1,350,736
  • City of Mount Gambier - $2,256,300
  • Wattle Range Council - $2,358,839
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