Councils plead for retention of R2R scheme
THE Central Highlands has joined with councils across the country in petitioning the Federal Government to continue its Roads to Recovery Program.
Battling an identified $1.2 billion funding shortfall a year, the Australian Local Government Association is after a show of unity for the campaign to be launched at the National Local Roads and Transport Congress in November. If the program was cut, the burden would fall back on ratepayers.
“Without the R2R program, the council can expect more pressure from ratepayers for funding of road upgrades,” Civil Operations head Bill Turner said in a council report.
“The R2R program has enabled a significant length of new seal to be constructed throughout the Central Highlands region and the four shires that now make up the CHRC.”
The program began in 2000 and is due to finish in 2014.
Twice it has been granted extensions and a funding increase to $350m a year in 2009.
The Central Highlands council passed a resolution calling on the Federal Government to continue the R2R program.