Federal government fork over funding to help with projects

FUNDING WELCOME: Member for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed funding for councils in Barker, including Naracoorte Lucindale Council.
FUNDING WELCOME: Member for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed funding for councils in Barker, including Naracoorte Lucindale Council.

Naracoorte Lucindale Council will be able to undergo more community works thanks to additional funding from the Federal Government.

The Federal Budget has set aside an additional $1 billion to flow through local councils, delivering priorities and creating jobs in local areas as part of Australia's road to recovery through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

The Naracoorte Lucindale Council will receive $607,363, but council CEO Trevor Smart said the council had yet to decide what the money will be spent on.

"The criteria for what we are allowed to spend it on and tha dates we need to spend it by have not been released yet," he said.

"We don't know what we can and can't spend it on yet, but once we are aware of the funding criteria, we will look at projects."

The money must be spent between January 1, 2021 and December 21 2021 or the council will lose the funding.

This builds on the existing $500 million commitment made in May which has already seen more than 1,800 projects approved for funding nationwide.

In the first round, Naracoorte Lucindale Council received $573,718 in funding which was spent on various projects around the region including disability access inclusion points in Naracoorte, Caves Trail interpretive signage, Centenary Park access road and paving at Lucindale, Frances focal point to their town square concept, a bus shelter at Hynam, Market Square irrigation, the Market Square Skate Bowl, Sound Shell access ramps and wayfinding flag poles.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomed the funding, which means more than $19.3 million is being injected into the Barker economy through councils to improve local roads and infrastructure.

"Nationally, local governments employ around 194,000 people and deliver a wide range of services in the cities, regional towns and remote areas of Australia - that's why we're backing local government to help in our economic recovery," Mr Pasin said.

"Our community-led recovery plan empowers local governments to deliver roads and community infrastructure through investment in shovel-ready projects."

"By investing this extra $1 billion in local priorities under the LRCI Program, we are helping to deliver thousands of local jobs and supporting local businesses."

"I look forward to seeing the projects roll out across Barker that will be delivered by local councils using this additional funding. Not only will this deliver improved infrastructure for the local community but increased employment too," Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said an extra $400 million of funding will also support the extension of the Roads to Recovery Program and this year's allocation of $2.6 billion is the highest ever under the Financial Assistance Grant program. '

Barker's councils are also encouraged to take advantage of the Coalition's $200 million injection into the highly successful Building Better Regions Fund.