$750 million available for local road and infrastructure projects across Australia

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The next funding phase of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, totalling $750 million, is available for councils across Australia to nominate projects.

Phase 4 funding allocations include an additional $250 million targeted to improve rural, regional and outer urban roads.

Projects funded under Phase 4 are expected to be completed by 30 June 2025.

The Australian Government has committed $3.25 billion to the LRCI program over four phases.

“This is great news for many councils across Australia that have been struggling to maintain and improve their local road networks – especially following repeated flooding and other natural disasters in recent times,” says Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.

“We are committed to building strong partnerships with our local governments and this Phase 4 funding will help councils improve infrastructure and their local road networks for their communities,” says Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.

Every local government is allocated and able to nominate projects for LRCI funding.

The LRCI program works in partnership with councils to provide them flexibility to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects relevant to their region, creating jobs and long-lasting benefits for communities.

“We’ve increased both the funding amount and the delivery window for Phase 4 of LRCI, because we know that this will enable councils to progress higher-priority projects that have a lasting impact in their communities,” says Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Minister Kristy McBain.

“Whether it’s upgrading surfaces at local sporting fields, improving audio-visual capabilities at community halls, or repairing roads that have been washed away – councils can now lock in their grant agreements and get this important work underway,” says Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Minister Kristy McBain.

“Phase 4 will build on around 9,500 projects supported nationwide through Phases 1-3 of LRCI, and will support a number of local employment and economic opportunities – particularly in our rural, regional, and remote areas,” says Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Minister Kristy McBain.

In March, the Government extended project construction timelines for Phases 1–3 of the program. Councils across Australia now have until 30 June 2024 to complete works, giving them a much-needed extra year on the LRCI construction timeframes for all three phases.

For more information, including on the Phase 4 guidelines and grant agreements, visit https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/about/local-initiatives/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure-program.

Source: © Commonwealth of Australia

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