Minister for Transport
Lia Finocchiaro, Member for Drysdale
Nathan Barrett, Member for Blain
The Country Liberals Government today announced the award of $9.9 million of grant funding for a range of strategic local road infrastructure projects and studies.
Minister for Transport Peter Chandler said these projects and studies will assist in the development of local economies and the delivery of significant road projects.
"The 25 grants were awarded to a diverse range of Local Government agencies and Indigenous Corporations for feasibility studies, detailed planning, capital or minor new works and projects that created employment and opportunity for real sustainability,” Mr Chandler said.
“Successful strategic local road infrastructure projects include a traffic management study, implementation of the Darwin Bike Plan projects and traffic signals upgrades.
"I am certain the results from these projects will have a positive impact in communities all over the Territory.”
Member for Drysdale Lia Finocchiaro said the $2.5 million awarded to the City of Palmerston is a great outcome for the community and will assist the Palmerston redevelopment program come to life.
“The Palmerston redevelopment program will see new traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, safe outdoor seating, plus more, making Palmerston city an important transport corridor,” she said.
“As well as providing the community with better facilities, the $2.5 million grant will hopefully offset any rate rises forced on to Palmerston residents.”
Member for Blain Nathan Barrett said members in my electorate have expressed their anger in relation to potentially paying double their current rates.
“There has been no consultation with residents, leaving everyone confused and asking questions,” he said.
“The $2.5 million has come at a perfect time and I trust it will be the financial relief the council needs to leave residents and their rates alone.”
In addition a further $4.9 million in grants has been awarded as part of the Regional Economic Infrastructure Fund.
“This funding will provide one-off financial assistance to Indigenous organisations, local government or associated groups,” Mr Chandler said.
“The successful Regional Economic Infrastructure Fund grants will fund the development of economic infrastructure in regional and remote areas to enable local business growth through investment.”
Budget 2015 included a continuation of these grants programs and those unsuccessful in the 2014-15 round of submissions will automatically be considered for the 2015-16 calls for submissions, which will open in August 2015.
"The Country Liberal Government is committed to making the Territory a safer place for people to work and live, this is one initiative put in place to get the community involved,” Mr Chandler said.
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