WAGGA Wagga City Council will share in a 25 per cent Budget boost thanks to Riverina Nationals’ MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

“Safer roads save lives,” Mr McCormack said.

“That’s why I have secured a 25 per cent Budget boost in federal funding to local councils through the Roads to Recovery program to make our local roads safer.”

The 25 per cent boost will see Wagga Wagga City Council receive an additional $2,050,700.

“Only the Liberals and Nationals are boosting Roads to Recovery – which is real money given straight to local councils to make our local roads safer,” Mr McCormack said.

“Whether it’s roundabouts, turning lanes or traffic lights, this is real money in the Budget to fix local roads, which local councils spend on local priorities.

“And it’s the benefit which country communities such as ours deserve from good economic management and a surplus Budget.”

The Nationals in Government are also putting a record $2.2 billion on the table to improve road safety and help people get home sooner and safer, especially in the regions.

“I have put an additional $1 billion on the table for safer freight roads through the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, which will also help our region get more product to port and plate safely and more efficiently,” Mr McCormack said.

“No matter where you live, The Nationals believe you deserve a safe road to get home sooner, boost productivity and create local jobs.

“And that’s exactly what this surplus Budget – the first in more than a decade – is delivering for the Wagga Wagga City Council and around the Riverina and Central West.

The Riverina electorate is receiving an additional $13,800,921, which brings the total funding amount for the Roads to Recovery Program from 2019-20 to 2023-24 to $69,004,605.

The additional Roads to Recovery funding is just one aspect of a Budget in which residents in the Riverina and Central West have been given the opportunities and funding they need, want and deserve.

Wagga Wagga City Council

R2R funding for 2019-20 to 2023-24: $8,202,800

Additional funding: $2,050,700

New five-year allocation: $10,253,500

Riverina Electorate

R2R funding for 2019-20 to 2023-24: $55,203,684

Additional funding: $13,800,921

New five-year allocation: $69,004,605

Shane Manning