Michael Sukkar MP

Federal Member for Deakin.
Minister for Housing & Assistant Treasurer.
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Extra funding for local roads across Deakin

LOCAL roads and streets in Deakin will receive a major boost with $1.105 billion extra being made available to councils across Australia for vital road upgrades through the Roads to Recovery Programme over the next two years.

Federal Member for Deakin, Michael Sukkar, said the extra money will flow as a result of the passage through Federal Parliament of the fuel excise indexation legislation.

Every cent of the extra $23 billion revenue raised through the excise over the next decade and beyond will be invested in road infrastructure. Councils and residents in Deakin will see more road works in their local area.

“Every resident understands the challenges this region faces with building necessary roads. The extra funding will increase Federal Government funding for Roads to Recovery from $700 million to $1 billion in 2015-16 and from $350 million to $1.155 billion in 2016-17,” Michael said.

“The Australian Government’s extra funding of $3,633,551 to local councils in Deakin over the next two years means they can now invest in more of the road upgrades we need.

“This extra funding will deliver a tangible benefit and make our roads and streets safer and more reliable.”

Councils in Deakin will receive:

Council Name Total Allocation 2014-15 to 2018-19 15-16 Allocation Up to 16-17 Allocation Up to
Manningham City Council $3,398,479 $1,060,375 $1,224,652
Maroondah City Council $3,315,779 $1,034,572 $1,194,850
Whitehorse City Council $3,825,868 $1,193,727 $1,378,662

Michael said the Roads to Recovery Programme has been a popular initiative since the Coalition Government introduced it in 2001.

“This is a massive boost in funding for our region’s road network and I am looking forward to seeing the additional opportunities this decision will create for our councils,” Michael said.

“Over its almost 15 year history, Roads to Recovery has funded the repair and upgrade of more than 45,000 local streets and roads across Australia, the largest investment in Australia’s local roads ever undertaken. This includes scores of road and street projects in the Deakin electorate.”

The extra $1.105 billion being pumped into Roads to Recovery will be paid to councils under the usual formula as part of their regular quarterly payments without any requirement for councils to match the extra money.