Tatiara receives additional funds for road projects

MORE FUNDS: Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin is happy to see funding allocated to councils throughout the Barker electorate. Photo: Supplied.
MORE FUNDS: Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin is happy to see funding allocated to councils throughout the Barker electorate. Photo: Supplied.

Tatiara District Council will receive a share of an additional $4,573,119 in Federal Government funding to develop safer roads in the region.

The funds have been allocated under the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery program (R2R), with 10 drought affected councils in the Barker receiving funding.

In total, Tatiara District Council will receive $566,754 in funding, which is the third highest amount allocated in the electorate, with only the Mid Murray ($663,651) and Loxton Waikerie ($743,520) receiving more.

The funding is part of the additional $138.9m allocated to drought-affected communities through the R2R program, and forms part of the Australian Government's recently announced drought response package.

Funding has been allocated to the 128 local government areas across the country with the aim of stimulating local economic activity through road infrastructure projects.

The 10 councils that have received funding are also receiving support under the Federal Government's Drought Communities Program.

The extra funding matches the allocation already made to councils for the 2019-20 financial year, and will be made available from January 2020.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the extra roads funding will provide multiple benefits for the selected councils.

"The drought is impacting communities in Barker - this extra roads funding is designed to stimulate local economic activity and improve local infrastructure by improving safety and productivity," Mr Pasin said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing some really worthwhile projects being put forward by the local councils."

He also mentioned that improving the electorate's road network is an important priority, and the additional funding provided by the Federal Government is a "very welcome and timely boost".

From 2013-14 to 2023-24, the Government will provide $6.2b under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an on-going commitment of $500 million each year following.

Tatiara District Council will be allocated just over $2.26m in Road to Recovery funding from 2019/20 to 2023/24.