Queensland councils have welcomed Labor’s commitment to a top-up of $250 million for the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCIP) if it is elected at the May 21 Federal poll.
The program supports the creation of new – and much-needed upgrades to – roads and other infrastructure, including sporting facilities, libraries, playgrounds, and additional community assets.
Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) CEO Alison Smith said councils have been campaigning hard for greater LRCIP funding.
“This is a most welcome announcement, and we thank the Federal Opposition for grasping the importance to communities of all sizes of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program,” Ms Smith said.
“We remain hopeful that the Coalition will put a similar top-up on the table, after it extended the program but halved its funding in the 2022 Budget.
“Our member councils count on certainty to continue fostering their communities, so we’re also seeking an iron-clad commitment from both parties that this vital program will be made permanent – and sufficiently funded – into the future.”
The LGAQ seeks the commitment that this funding be restored – permanently – to $500 million a year (nationally) to create and support more than 700 jobs for Queenslanders, stimulating local economies and building better, more sustainable communities.
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Tim Cox, LGAQ Communications Advisor