G21 welcomes Federal funds for local governments

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G21 welcomes the Federal Government’s recent announcement delivering $1.8 billion for community infrastructure projects to local governments across Australia as they battle the economic impacts of COVID-19.

G21 floated the idea with the Government in March when the G21 CEO and the five G21 municipal council CEOs went to Canberra advocating for projects on behalf of the G21 region.

G21 CEO Elaine Carbines said the delegation proposed the idea to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Rachel Bacon who undertook to consider it further.

“At that stage we could see the economic impacts of COVID-19 beginning to bight on jobs and knew it would only get worse,” Ms Carbines said.

“We floated the idea of infrastructure funding direct to local governments as an effective means of getting a much-needed injection of funds on-the-ground to worthy projects swiftly and effectively.”

Money has been allocated based on the length if a council’s road network and population.

In the G21 region, this equates to around $6.3 million for road upgrades and job-creating projects in a bid to help communities bounce back from the pandemic.

  • $2.2 million to the City of Greater Geelong
  • $1.7 million to Colac Otway Shire
  • $1.3 million to Golden Plains Shire
  • $1.1 million to Surf Coast Shire
  • $38, 179 to the Borough of Queenscliffe

“The aim was to create or retain jobs within local government and the private sector while benefiting local communities in a very tangible way,” Ms Carbines said.

“It’s great to see G21’s suggestion has been taken up!

“The announcement once again underlines the effectiveness of G21’s professional and regionally-coordinated advocacy direct to Canberra.”

Grants will flow from July 1, with roads, refurbishing community facilities and other small-scale upgrades such as bike paths among the projects set to be funded.

See the Federal Government’s media statement here.