Money for councils available from July

The City of Wanneroo and the Shire of Gingin and other councils will need to submit work schedules outlining the projects they plan to undertake to access the federal government funding.

BOTH the City of Wanneroo and the Shire of Gingin will be eligible to access funding from the new $500 million local road and community infrastructure program announced by the Morrison Government today.

Before either local government can access the funding, which will be available from July 1, they will need to submit a work schedule outlining the project(s) they plan to undertake.

As long as the projects are eligible local road or community infrastructure projects, they will receive funding, according to a local roads and community infrastructure program fact sheet.

The City of Wanneroo is illegible to apply for $1.973m and the Shire of Gingin $582,112.

One idea put forward by the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association recently is for a footpath and gate on the western side of Splendid Park (Yanchep Open Space) so that residents have much better access.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said local governments were playing a critical role in responding to the impacts of Covid‑19.

Mr Morrison said the government was also bringing forward $1.3 billion of the 2020-21 financial assistance grant payment providing a total of $1.8b available for local governments.

“Our funding boost will help councils accelerate priority projects that will employ locally and support local business and also stimulating our economy,” he said.

The fact sheet said funding allocations had been calculated in a similar way to how the roads to recovery program and the road component of the financial assistance grants worked.

The formula takes into consideration road length and population and is based on recommendations by Local Government Grants Commissions.

Councils will need to complete all project works by June 30, 2021 to receive their full nominal share of funding.

They will also need to demonstrate that the projects are additional to their pre-Covid-19 work program for 2020-21.

If a project has been brought forward from a future work program it will be eligible for funding.

Additional conditions, such as signage requirements, will be outlined in program guidelines, which are currently being finalised.

Projects will need to deliver benefits to the community, such as improved accessibility, visual amenity and safety benefits.

Eligible local road projects could include works involving any of the following associated with a road – traffic signs, traffic control equipment, street lighting equipment, a bridge or tunnel, a facility off the road used by heavy vehicles in connection with travel on the road (for example, a rest area or weigh station), facilities off the road that support the visitor economy and road and footpath maintenance, where additional to normal capital works schedules.

Eligible community infrastructure projects could include works involving – closed circuit TV (CCTV),  bicycle and walking paths, painting or improvements to community facilities, repairing and replacing fencing, improved accessibility of community facilities and areas, landscaping improvements, such as tree planting and beautification of roundabouts, picnic shelters or barbecue facilities at community parks, playgrounds and skate parks (including all ability playgrounds), noise and vibration mitigation measures and off-road car parks (such as those at sporting grounds or parks).