Gold Coast jobs and businesses will be supported as part of the Morrison Government’s $1.8 billion boost for local governments across Australia.
Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews MP said the City of Gold Coast will receive almost $6 million to accelerate community projects and help kick-start the economy.
“Not only will this package support jobs, construction businesses and the economy across the Gold Coast, it will improve our local roads and provide for new and upgraded amenities to help communities stay connected,” Mrs Andrews said.
Based on the successful Roads to Recovery program, the new initiative will enable City of Gold Coast to deliver priority projects with a focus on upgrades and maintenance to local roads and community infrastructure.
“Accelerating local infrastructure projects is vital for supporting local jobs and businesses, in turn stimulating the Gold Coast economy which has been hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions.
“Every single job we support makes a huge difference now, and as we navigate out of the coronavirus pandemic.
A broad range of community infrastructure projects will be eligible including new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community facilities, and picnic shelters and barbeque facilities at parks.
The $1.8 billion Morrison Government package includes the establishment of a new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and the bringing forward of $1.3 billion of the 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment.
Under the Financial Assistance Grant program, City of Gold Coast will be allocated $5,919,014 this financial year. That is on top of $1,880,000 which has been allocated under the Roads to Recovery program.
Guidelines for the Program will be provided directly to local governments 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.