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  • Writer's pictureHannah Phillips

On the Road to a Better Barker...

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed additional Government funding for South Australia’s councils to help with critical upgrades of the state’s local road network.

“The extra $40 million is being distributed to every one of South Australia’s 68 Councils as well as five Aboriginal communities, via the State Government,” Mr Pasin said.

“The Commonwealth Government has agreed that the payments will be fast-tracked so that works can starts on road improvements as soon as possible.

“Each council will be able to use the money they get as they see fit, whether that is for new roads, increasing capacity on existing roads or for general safety improvements.

“By providing funding directly to Councils, we are putting power back in their hands and giving them the ability to identify and prioritise the roads they need fixed. After all, they are best placed to know which roads need upgrades and which projects will have the best return to their community and local economy.”

Murraylands and Mallee councils will receive a total of $1,320,486 for the 2017/18 financial year as part of the two year package.

“This will be welcome additional funding for the Murraylands and Mallee to help improve local roads in the region,” Mr Pasin said.

Council funding for 2017/18 includes:

  • Coorong - $331,371

  • Mid-Murray - $324,094

  • Murray Bridge - $463,975

  • Southern Mallee - $201,046

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