Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker said Tuesday night's Federal Budget delivered increased investment in local roads and small community projects.
Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker said Tuesday night's Federal Budget delivered increased investment in local roads and small community projects. Trevor Veale

New program good news for local projects

WHILE the big winners from the Federal Budget are working families with young children and small business owners, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker said there's a big win at the local level as well.

Treasurer Joe Hockey announced on Tuesday night with an increase to the Roads to Recovery program as well as the new Stronger Communities Program.

Mr Hockey announced the Roads to Recovery program funding has been doubled for the 2015-16 year, delivering an additional $8million commitment to local councils for local road projects.

Mr Hartsuyker was particularly pleased with the introduction of the Stronger Communities Program.

"The Treasurer also announced a $45 million new Stronger Communities Program which will fund small capital projects in local communities," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"Our community will receive funding of $150,000 per year over two years, to support projects that deliver social benefits.

"I will be consulting closely with eligible organisations across the Cowper electorate to identify high-priority projects.

"Projects can receive between $1,000 and $20,000 for local projects."



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