Massive Funding Boost To Improve Local Roads

Construction equipment doing earthworks for road resurfacing

In a massive funding boost for Indigo’s road construction and maintenance program, Council is set to receive almost $9.5M over five years through the Australian Governments Roads to Recovery Program.

Mayor Sophie Price has welcomed the news, saying this is a much-needed boost for local road safety and network improvements.

“We’re grateful to the Australian Government for this significant increase in funding. Road safety and the condition of our roads, particularly following the floods of the last few years, is one of Council’s, and our community’s highest priorities.”

“We’ve been advocating to both the State and Federal Governments that more support is needed to address our damaged and deteriorating road network, so this is fantastic news,” Cr Price says.

Through the program, local councils are able to decide how, when and where the funding will be spent.

Cr Price says that while it is too early to determine the full list of works the funding will enable, local priority projects will be at the top of the list.

“In addition to the infrastructure investment already allocated in our draft budget, this funding means that we can significantly boost our program of roadside drainage, major patching, pavement rehabilitation and resealing works. We’re still working through how this will look but we look forward to sharing what’s happening, when and where once we work through the details.”

The increase in funding will be phased over the five year period to avoid putting pressure on inflation, supply costs and the construction labour market.

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