THE Federal Government is investing $5,409,635 in priority projects across Mallee, supporting local jobs, businesses and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Made possible under the third phase of the Australian Government’s $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, projects to be delivered by Mildura Rural City Council include:

$1,650,000 for Meridian Road Stages 2 and 3 Reconstruction.

$1,750,000 for Mildura Riverfront Powerhouse, to provide events kitchen, boiler house and powerhouse flexible event space.

$490,000 for Solar Installation at Mildura Sporting Precinct.

$300,000 for Ninth Street toilet upgrade.

$1,219,635 for Deakin Avenue median Seventh to Eighth Street.

Member for Mallee Anne Webster said the funding reflects Mildura Rural City Council’s top priorities and will ensure the needs of our local communities are met.

“With the challenges presented by COVID-19, drought, floods and other events, the past couple of years have been tough for communities, businesses and local councils,” Dr Webster said.

“That’s why we have moved quickly to approve funding for these five projects across Mildura, paving the way for shovels to hit the dirt to make them a reality.

“This will provide a vital boost for our local communities, backing local jobs and economic growth while delivering lasting upgrades that will benefit residents for years to come.”

Mildura Mayor Liam Wood welcomed the Australian Government’s significant and ongoing support for projects across the Mallee.

“It’s great to be able to partner with the Australian Government to make these important projects a reality for our community,” Cr Wood said.

“It’s only through the government’s ongoing support, and the strong representation by our local Federal Member, Dr Anne Webster, that we’re able to see these projects delivered, which will benefit a broad range of communities across our large region.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said $1 billion in funding is flowing under the third phase of the LRCI program to local councils across Australia to improve their local road networks and deliver priority community infrastructure projects.

“This builds on the $1.5 billion already approved to deliver more than 6100 projects nationwide under the first two phases of the program,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“This program is having a significant impact across the country, with more than 2,000 projects already complete or under construction – delivering upgrades to local roads, bike paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, as well as improved accessibility to public facilities.

“Phase 3 will build on this, delivering more jobs, more economic stimulus, and more of the local priority projects that communities need and deserve.”