Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he is looking forward to seeing work get underway on more than $300 million in Federal Government spending, confirmed in this week’s Budget.
Mr Chester said additional funding for infrastructure across the region would provide more opportunities to support local jobs.
“We need to keep getting stuff done, identifying local priority projects and focussing on investing in the future of our region as we continue to recover from the drought, bushfires and coronavirus pandemic.
“Now is the time for local groups to finalise their plans for projects that improve the liveability of our region.
“Our focus is to get this money into the Gippsland economy and deliver these projects as quickly as possible.
“These infrastructure projects will support local contractors and suppliers, which in turn supports local jobs.”
Latrobe City Council will receive more than $13.5 million this financial year to spend on safer roads, improved community facilities and programs. Projects include:
- More than $9.2 million to complete intersection upgrades at Bank Street, Breed Street, Grey Street and Kosciuszko Streets in Traralgon.
- $3.4 million under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program for Phase 3 with councils able to access funding from January 1, 2022 for projects to be completed by June 30, 2023.
- $911,449 through the Roads to Recovery program to maintain and upgrade local roads
Other major Federal Government infrastructure projects within the municipality this financial year, include:
- $300,000 of the $2.4 million to complete the Traralgon-Maffra Road and Moe-Glengarry Road intersection upgrade
- $100,000 of the $800,000 to complete the Tyers Road/Scrubby Lane/Cross’s Road intersection upgrade
- $121.7 million of its $447.7 million commitment to the Gippsland rail line, and
- A further $103.4 million of its $202.6 million commitment to complete the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale
Mr Chester said we already have many Federal Government funded projects underway or ready to begin across the municipality, including Latrobe Creative Precinct and Flynn Hall.