Tweed and Byron Shire Councils will share in almost $11 million in the rollout of the Federal government’s five year $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams says Tweed Shire Council has been allocated $7.507 million over the life of the programme to 2018-19, and Byron Shire Council will receive $3.248 million.
Senator Williams said in the current financial year Tweed Shire will receive $1.251 million and Byron Shire $541,000 of the $350 million allocation for that year.
He said the good news is that Councils will receive double payments in 2015-16, sharing in a $700 million windfall.
Senator Williams said the August payment has been delayed because the legislation had been needlessly delayed by Labor and the Greens for 5 months, however the payment will be made up this financial year.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss will write to all councils advising them of their full allocations under the Roads to Recovery programme.
Councils can lodge their applications in October, which will allow payments to be made in November”, Senator Williams said.