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Government pledges millions for region’s roads

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MITCHELL, Macedon Ranges and Whittlesea councils are set to receive a cumulative total of more than $6 million in Federal Government funding though phase four of the government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell said the government allocated an extra $250 million to phase four of the program, which had already earmarked $500 million for councils classified as rural, regional or outer-urban.

Mitchell Shire was awarded $1,174,256 of the initial $500 million through stage four, receiving $677,337 of the additional $250 million for a total of $1,851,593.

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Macedon Ranges Shire Council received an initial $1,441,216 and an additional $831,325 for a total of $2,272,541, and the City of Whittlesea was allocated $1,417,408 and $817,592 for a $2,235,000 total.

Mr Mitchell said the funding would allow the municipalities to complete local road projects.

He said councils had struggled to maintain and improve their road networks, especially after flooding and other natural disasters.

“We have listened to councils and are standing side-by-side with local governments to support them in their vital work of delivering critical infrastructure for their communities,” he said.

“I am proud to be part of a government that works alongside local governments to make a positive difference for their communities.”

Mr Mitchell said the government drew on the Australian Classification of Local Governments to determine which councils would be eligible for the additional $250 million in funding.

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