The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is calling for  the Federal Government to extend its $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program in the upcoming Federal Budget.

ALGA President, Linda Scott, said the program has assisted Australia’s councils to deliver thousands of new libraries, community centres, sporting facilities, recreation trails, bike paths and playgrounds.

 “The Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program was established to create jobs and support local economic recovery, and it’s been a terrific success,” Cr Scott said.

“We understand that the last two years have been expensive for all governments but cutting this program now would be selling our communities short.”

Cr Scott said that many ny councils and communities are still reeling from the cumulative impacts of droughts, bushfires, COVID-19 and flooding, and need ongoing support.

 “We’re asking for a four-year, $500 million per annum extension of this program, that will help us to make our communities safer, healthier, more productive and more resilient,” Cr Scott said.

“Independent analysis shows that this extension would create almost 4,000 new jobs and add more than $600 million per year to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product.

“More importantly, it would provide every Australian community with the opportunity to play a meaningful role in Australia’s post-pandemic recovery.

“This is a proven program that’s delivering lasting results, and we look forward to working with the government to deliver even more projects in our local communities.”

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