Roads to Recovery
Last week the Nationals-Liberal Government launched the first ever Roads to Recovery Statement of Expectations. Local Government Areas using funding from the Roads to Recovery (R2R) Program are urged to focus on improving road safety outcomes when undertaking local road upgrades.
When selecting projects, councils are strongly urged to consider the likelihood they will reduce fatalities and serious injuries. The Australian Government’s ongoing funding commitment will ensure local councils are better able to decide what local roads are priorities and how money should be spent.
Obtaining detailed information on project outcomes is critical to ensuring the Australian Government is delivering the most robust road upgrade projects to demonstrably reduce the number of serious crashes across the Australian road network.
To that end the new R2R Statement of Expectations will require council input on the benefits their completed projects have provided as a condition of funding in future years.
The Government has demonstrated its commitment to R2R by increasing funding available to councils from $350 million to $400 million a year beginning in 2019-2020. Visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/roads_to_recovery/