The City of Casey has welcomed a significant funding boost for local roads and community infrastructure projects in a recent announcement from the Australian Government.
The extension to the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program means nearly $10.4 million for City of Casey projects, in addition to the $1.6 million, which was first announced in August.
City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM outlined the benefits for the community.
“Under this program, Council is now set to receive a total $12 million to progress critical projects that will provide great benefits for our residents,” Ms Duff said.
As part of the first funding round, Council identified three key infrastructure projects it can now deliver.
One is rebuilding the much-loved Tooradin Footbridge, which was closed in 2017 due to safety concerns over the decay of timber. Construction works will replace the bridge with a new one in the same location complete with additional ramps, lighting and rock wall, set to re-establish it as an iconic feature for the area.
The other two projects are resealing Manks Road in Clyde and completing the upgrade of the Council-owned Berwick Bowls Club.
Ms Duff said the additional funding means a much-needed boost to local jobs and communities.
“We look forward to more detail on the funding program from the Federal Government as we anticipate being able to deliver more local projects that residents have been calling for,” she said.
“As part of Council’s response in this uncertain COVID-19 environment, we will continue to focus on prioritising projects that can be rapidly executed to maximise community benefit.
“Council welcomes funding such as this, to help meet the needs of the City of Casey’s growing population and we will continue advocating on behalf of our residents to secure support.”
Jason Wood Federal Member for La Trobe said he is very proud to have secured $1 million towards the Berwick Bowling Club upgrade, as this club provides a renowned social platform for every one of all ages; they have an excellent schools program and a fantastic program to support those with disabilities.
“The funding Liberal Morrison Government has made available to the club will upgrade the new roof structure for all year playing. Happy Bowling! “Mr Wood said.