Regional local government roads have been a winner from the State Budget surplus, with Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan announcing an extra $2million to be made available immediately.
The extra funding is on top of the $85million given to local governments in 2005-06 under the recently signed State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement between the State and the WA Local Government Association.
Ms MacTiernan said today that $1.5million would go towards roads carrying plantation timber and another $500,000 for roads for cartage of agricultural lime and grain.
“The State Government had promised local governments that if Budget results were positive, then the funds might be made available and I am very pleased to get Government support for this additional commitment,” she said.
The affected councils in the Great Southern, South-West and Wheatbelt will be contacted shortly and given the opportunity to apply for the funding.
Minister's office: 9213 6400