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Local road boon

THE LODDON region has been given a $4.77 million boost in the Federal Budget.

Phase 3 funding under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program is the largest allocation yet received by Loddon Shire Council.

Almost $9 million has now been awarded to the Loddon by the Federal Government for priority projects. Only Mildura Rural City Council has received more in the Mallee electorate.

Member for Mallee, Anne Webster, said local councils would directly benefit from the funding boost announced in last week’s Budget.

“This Budget injection for our hard-working local councils means even more funding for upgrades to local roads, bike paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, as well as improved accessibility to public facilities,” Dr Webster said.

“This is fantastic news for local councils ... who will be able to access additional funding to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects,”

Loddon Mayor Neil Beattie said he was pleasantly surprised by the level of support from the Federal Government to a rural shire.

Cr Beattie said council would assess possible projects across the shire, including a number of roads that had been previously identified for maintenance or upgrading.

He also said discussions would continue with the State Government with the aim of achieving similar support for the Loddon Shire.

“There’s no doubt VicRoads Bendigo headquarters is short of funds - they say they are not - but you only need look at the amount of maintenance required on our roads.

“We need major investments from government to fix the road problems in rural areas

“We didn’t expect this extra money from the Federal Government.

“It’s very welcome,” Cr Beattie said.

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