Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has announced more than $47 million in Australian Government funding to help improve local roads in the electorate, including $5.1 million in Inverell.
Funding is being provided to all 10 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the New England under the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
The program supports councils with the ongoing maintenance of Australia’s local road infrastructure, facilitating greater access and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.
Mr Joyce said there has never been a more auspicious time to invest in Inverell’s roads with the region set to soon become a major hub for livestock sales following the Federal Government-supported, $8.4 million redevelopment of Inverell saleyards.
“The saleyards development is a great win for Inverell, bringing more jobs, investment and growth to the area but it’s important we have the road network to support it,” Mr Joyce said.
“That’s why this funding, more than $5 million for Inverell Council alone, is crucial to improving road safety and efficiency for motorists as well as heavy vehicle transport operators.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Program would provide $2 billion to local government bodies across Australia from 2019−20 to 2023−24.
The allocations for the New England have been calculated using the proportion of Financial Assistance Grants that each local governing body receives and updated assessments undertaken by local government grants commissions.