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LGA welcomes an enhanced Roads to Recovery Program

15 September 2004

The President of the Local Government Association Cr John Legoe welcomed the announcement today by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson of a commitment to a further $100m p.a. to the core pool of the Roads to Recovery program over four years.

The original AusLink announcement provided for $200m p.a. to the core funding pool. The injection of the additional $100m p.a. over four years increases the funding to $300m p.a and will be provided on a formula basis direct to Councils.

"This is a result of the intense lobbying by Councils, the LGA and Australian Local Government Association" said President Legoe.

President Legoe said "I understand the change in funding arrangements means that SA Councils will receive $99.6m over four years instead of the $66.4m over the same period as envisaged in the AusLink White Paper released in June this year."

The new arrangements mean that the renewed $1.2bn Roads to Recovery program, to run from 2005 to 2009, would be the same as the existing Roads to Recovery program. An additional $150m over five years for local roads of strategic regional importance and some local roads in unincorporated areas of remote Australia will also be provided under the new funding arrangements.

"Today's announcement is good news for Local Government in South Australia. Local Government now seeks a Labor Party commitment to this increased Roads to Recovery funding" said Cr Legoe.

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