Alexandrina, Yankalilla and Victor Harbor councils receive funding for key infrastructure projects

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie.
Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie.

More than $9 million in Commonwealth funding will be used for council roads and infrastructure, which includes the councils of Victor Harbor, Yankalilla and Alexandrina.

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie said it was a much-needed boost for Mayo.

"Mayo had a significant backlog of infrastructure needs before I became the Federal Member. Since being elected I have spent a considerable amount of time advocating on behalf of our councils for more funding for local roads, including the restoration of Supplementary Road Funding, so these extra allocations are extremely welcome," Ms Sharkie said.

"Given the economic hits our community has taken with the bushfires and now the COVID-19 restrictions, putting money into shovel-ready projects in our local communities with an emphasis on local material procurement will boost employment and business confidence.

"Some of Mayo's councils are still working through which projects they will be delivering with their allocated funding before the July 1, 2021 deadline."

Funding included; City of Victor Harbor $355,740, District Council of Yankalilla $245,369, Alexandrina Council $685,920, Kangaroo Island Council $487,807 and City of Onkaparinga $2,463,485.

The Yankalilla Council already plans to upgrade Hay Flat Road at Yankalilla, a popular unsealed tourist route to Ingalalla Falls, and Victor Harbor Council plans to widen the shoulders of Waitpinga Road between Mill Road and Range Road.

Alexandrina Council spokesperson said the allocation of funding from the Federal Government's new Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program would be a great opportunity to further improve roads and community infrastructure within the region.

"Projects must be additional to any of councils planned projects for the 2020-21 financial year. The program guidelines are still to be finalised and once received, council will look at projects for consideration. Any approved projects need to be completed by June 30, 2021," the spokesperson said.

City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy said the City of Victor Harbor welcomed the funding from the Australian Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

"The funds will allow us to deliver safety improvements to a section of Waitpinga Road, from Mill Road to Range Road. Works will be undertaken in the 2020/21 financial year, and the funding will cover the entire project cost, which means no council contribution is required," Ms MacKirdy said.

Yankalilla CEO Nigel Morris said the District Council of Yankalilla said through the recent Strategic Plan Community Consultation, the community identified many priority local road and community infrastructure projects that would meet the criteria of the funding.

"I have already been approached by community members keen to see the funding allocated to cycling and walking trails. Options will be presented to council for consideration and I am excited by the opportunity that this funding presents," Mr Morris said.

Ms Sharkie said all projects would improve road safety in the community and inject money into local economies.

"The new Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program provides $500 million across Australia for local government to deliver priority projects," Ms Sharkie said.

Allocations were calculated in a similar way to the Roads to Recovery Program and the road component of the Financial Assistance Grants, taking into consideration road length and population and the recommendations of Local Government Grants Commissions.

The Commonwealth also announced that it would bring forward $1.3 billion in Financial Assistance Grant payments for councils for 2020/2021.

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