The Federal Budget has set aside an additional $1 billion to flow through local councils, delivering priorities and creating jobs in local areas as part of Australia’s road to recovery through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

This builds on the existing $500 million commitment made in May for LRCI which has already seen more than 1,800 projects approved for funding nation-wide.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said councils in Barker received over $8.7 million back in May under the initial $500 million Federal Government commitment. The additional $1 billion announced in the Federal Budget means more than $19.3 million is being injected into the Barker economy through councils to improve local roads and infrastructure.

“Nationally, local governments employ around 194,000 people and deliver a wide range of services in the cities, regional towns and remote areas of Australia – that’s why we’re backing local government to help in our economic recovery,” Mr Pasin said.

“Our community-led recovery plan empowers local governments to deliver roads and community infrastructure through investment in shovel-ready projects.”

“By investing this extra $1 billion in local priorities under the LRCI Program, we are helping to deliver thousands of local jobs and supporting local businesses.”

“I look forward to seeing the projects roll out across Barker that will be delivered by local councils using this additional funding. Not only will this deliver improved infrastructure for the local community but increased employment too,” Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said an extra $400 million of funding will also support the extension of the Roads to Recovery Program and this year’s allocation of $2.6 billion is the highest ever under the Financial Assistance Grant program. Barker’s councils are also encouraged to take advantage of the Coalition’s $200 million injection into the highly successful Building Better Regions Fund.

Funding for local councils in Barker:

Funding Recipient
Initial LRCI Allocation (construction by 30 Jun 2021) Allocation under
LRCI extension
(construction by
31 Dec 2021)
City of Mount
486,995 1,041,637 1,528,632
District Council of
423,450 507,946 931,396
District Council of
191,267 165,627 356,894
Kingston District
340,359 289,232 629,591
Naracoorte Lucindale
573,718 607,363 1,181,081
Wattle Range
629,298 736,052 1,365,350
Coorong District
751,813 643,920 1,395,733
Mid Murray Council 745,746 736,216 1,481,962
Southern Mallee
District Council
489,276 380,861 870,137
Tatiara District Council 648,849 611,737 1,260,586
District Council of
Karoonda East
427,543 314,128 741,671
The Rural City of
Murray Bridge
571,938 972,614 1,544,552
District Council of Loxton Waikerie 825,615 859,096 1,684,711
Renmark Paringa Council 307,491 465,418 772,909
The Berri Barmera
299,755 484,839 784,594
The Barossa Council 565,108 1,034,462 1,599,570
Light Regional Council 505,918 741,018 1,246,936
 TOTAL 8,784,139 10,592,166 19,376,305