Councils in Barker will be supported as part of the Federal Liberal Government’s $1.8 billion boost for road and community projects through local governments across Australia.

The investment will support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the package included 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.

The new Program is based on the successful Roads to Recovery program and will enable local councils to deliver priority projects with a focus on upgrades and maintenance to local roads and community infrastructure.

Mr Pasin said accelerating local infrastructure projects was important for supporting jobs and the local economy in Barker.

“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local communities, now and as we navigate out of the coronavirus pandemic,” Mr Pasin said.

“Not only will this package support jobs, construction businesses and the economy across Barker, it will improve our local roads and provide for new and upgraded amenities to help communities stay connected.

“I will be working closely with councils to make sure projects get under way to support jobs and businesses as soon as possible.”

Local road projects to be delivered under the Program include but are not limited to constructing or improving bridges and tunnels, street lighting, and heavy vehicle facilities such as rest areas.

A broad range of community infrastructure projects will be eligible including new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community facilities, picnic shelters and barbeque facilities at local parks.

“This is in excess of $30 million being injected into Barker’s economy to stimulate jobs and upgrade local road and community infrastructure at a critical time,” Mr Pasin said.

Under the $1.8 billion initiative the following funding allocations have been made to councils in Barker this financial year: