New projects announced with additional federal COVID stimulus funding

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A grant of $2.7 million, as part of the federal government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program Allocation 2, will see more Council-owned assets upgraded across the Shire of Campaspe over the next 12 months.

The LRCI Program provides stimulus funding to councils across Australia to help them deliver priority projects and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Campaspe Mayor Cr Chrissy Weller welcomed the second-round funding of $2.7 million on top of $2.6 million already received by Campaspe in May 2020 as part of the $500 million Allocation 1 funding.

“Council is most appreciative of receiving more than $5.3 million in funding from the federal government under the LRCI Program towards the upgrade of local roads and community infrastructure,” Cr Weller said.

“The funding will help improve public accessibility and safety of some key Council-owned assets while also supporting jobs and stimulating the economy.”

In considering the Allocation 2 funding criteria and taking account of suitable candidate projects, Council approved the following works:

  • Torrumbarry Weir Road Safety upgrade
  • Rochester-Campaspe Street kerb and channel
  • Construction of “Missing Links” footpaths shire wide
  • Line marking of roads (centre lines and wide streets) shire wide
  • DDA footpath improvements shire wide
  • Shire Netball Courts Asphalting and Flexi-pave Program (Lockington, Toolleen, Vic Park, Gunbower)
  • New and upgrade culverts at the following locations:
  • School Road, Corop
  • Tait Hamilton Road, Cornella and Gobarup
  • Kennedy Road, Gobarup
  • Sayers Lane, Rushworth
  • Cohen Street, Rochester
  • High Street, Rochester
  • McEwen Road, Rushworth

A broad range of projects using Allocation 1 funding is currently underway across the shire. These projects include gravel road stabilising and shoulder works, new and upgrades to culverts, street trees, road line marking, footpaths and lighting.

To ensure acquittal of the Allocation 1 funding within the grant guidelines, Council has made some amendments to the scope and inclusion of some projects. Details of these amendments can be found on pages 14-17 of the 20 January 2021 Council Meeting Agenda, available on Council’s website.

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