Extra funding for council projects

MACEDON Ranges Shire Council will apply for additional funding of $2.2 million as part of the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Extension.

At its ordinary meeting last week, council discussed notification of $2,281,225 being made available to council, in addition to the $1.44 million granted in 2020.

The LRCI Extension is managed by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication.
Council confirmed its priority list of projects, including: road reconstruction and widening at Chintin Road Monegeetta; footbridge reconstruction at Margaret Street, Macedon, Station Road, Gisborne, and Forest Street, Woodend; LED street lighting upgrades on minor local roads; electric vehicle charging stations at Woodend, Kyneton and Hanging Rock; LED street lighting on major roads; footpath at Baynton street, Kyneton; a bus stop shelter at Reynolds Grove and Main Road Service Road, Romsey.

Eligible road projects that involve construction or maintenance of roads managed by local governments could include: traffic signs; traffic control equipment; street lighting equipment; a bridge or tunnel; a facility off the road used by heavy vehicles in connection with travel on the road (for example, a rest area or weigh station); facilities off the road that support the visitor economy; and road and sidewalk maintenance, where additional to council’s normal capital works schedule.

The projects must deliver benefits to the community, such as improved accessibility, visual amenity, and safety.

Examples of eligible works include closed circuit TV (CCTV); bicycle and walking paths; painting or improvements to community facilities; repairing and replacing fencing; improved accessibility of community facilities and areas; landscaping improvements, such as tree planting and beautification of roundabouts; picnic shelters or barbeque facilities at community parks; playgrounds and skate parks (including all ability playgrounds); noise and vibration mitigation measures; and off-road car parks (such as those at sporting grounds or parks).

The grant aims to create local job opportunities and assist local governments to deliver local road and community infrastructure projects in order to assist communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on these works, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au.

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