$750m on the table for council road and infrastructure projects

A new round of funding is now available to councils across Australia to nominate projects, as part of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

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

“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,” said Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.

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

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

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.

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

“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,” added Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Minister Kristy McBain.

“The feedback from the hundreds of councils that attended our recent Australian Council of Local Government was that this extension will give them more flexibility to plan for and deliver these works.”

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