Positives in Budget

PETER Wilson has found some positive news for local government in the Federal Budget.

Bellingen Shire Council’s corporate services director was pleased Financial Assistance Grants had been maintained and the Roads To Recovery program would stay until 2013/2014.

Both programs were important for the shire’s transport and infrastructure needs, Mr Wilson said.

He also welcomed a $5.6 billion Infrastructure Fund over 10 years.

The council is yet to get word of its physical share of the $1.35b to help rural and regional councils deliver basic services, maintain local roads and upgrade community facilities.

The Budget also unveiled $1.2b to maintain and upgrade road and rail infrastructure across regional Australia, including new funding of $1b to accelerate the modernisation of the interstate rail network.

The government has also allocated $59.5m to eliminate some 320 road black spots and provided $20m for safer truck stops, including 37 new rest stops, parking bays and de-coupling areas and nine bridge upgrades.



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