Canberrans will benefit from an $8 million injection from the Federal Liberal-National Government’s new Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

The investment will support Canberra jobs and businesses and boost the ACT economy as we battle the economic impacts of COVID-19.

The new Program is based on the successful Roads to Recovery program and will enable priority projects to get underway in the ACT, with a focus on upgrades and maintenance to local roads and community infrastructure.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said accelerating local infrastructure projects was important for supporting jobs and the local economy in the ACT.

“Every single job we support makes a huge difference to the lives of Canberrans, now and as we navigate out of the coronavirus pandemic,” Senator Seselja said.

“Not only will this package support jobs, construction businesses and the economy across the ACT, it will improve our local roads and provide new and upgraded amenities to help Canberrans stay connected.

“I will be reaching out to the ACT Government to ensure projects get under way as soon as possible to support jobs and businesses.”

Local road projects to be delivered under the Program include but are not limited to improved street lighting, traffic controls, and road maintenance.

A broad range of community infrastructure projects will be eligible including new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community facilities, CCTV, and picnic shelters and barbeque facilities at parks.

Norfolk Island will also receive an $83,000 boost to get local road or community projects underway.

Guidelines for the Program will be provided directly to the ACT by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Allocations under the Financial Assistance Grant and Local Road and Community Infrastructure programs can be found at https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/lrci.