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More roads and infrastructure funding for western councils

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Broken Hill Mayor Tom Kennedy inspect the new footpaths in Murton Street, funded under Phase 2 of the LRCI program. Photo contributed

Bourke and Walgett Shire Councils are set to receive another $1.2 million each for roads and infrastructure under the federal government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

In the announcement this week, Brewarrina Shire Council also receives $820,000, Bogan Council at Nyngan - $911,000, Central Darling Council based at Wilcannia – just over $1 million, Cobar Council - $1.08m, and Warren Shire Council - $655,000.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said he was pleased to see the details of this critical program confirmed.

“I’ve been calling on the Labor government to advise councils regarding the amount of funding each could expect to receive through Phase 4 of this program,” Mr Coulton said.

“It’s a great result for our communities that these figures have at last been released. This will enable councils to plan their capital works budgets and progress projects that have been on the backburner after months of major flooding.

“This funding was initially set up by the Coalition government to assist councils during the COVID-19 pandemic and I am pleased that it has been continued.

“It has been necessary to maintain strong support for our towns during the ongoing hardships of recent times. The window for delivery from July of this year through to June 2025 will provide plenty of time for significant recovery works to be completed.” […]

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