MEDIA RELEASE: $16 Million for Canberra Priority Projects

The Liberal-National Government is investing $15.9 million in priority community projects across the ACT, 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 the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate include: 

  • $8.76 million for upgrades to community facilities across the act, including the National Convention Centre, Mount Rogers Community Centre and Tuggeranong Community Centre.
  • $2.7 million for upgrades to community sports facilities, including at Boomanulla Oval and Kaleen Oval.
  • $1.7 million for improvements to community infrastructure, including increased lighting at bus shelters, skate park upgrades and safety improvements to play spaces across the ACT.
  • $2.7 million to improve active travel across the ACT, including a pedestrian bridge at Umbagong District Park in Ginninderra, and improving pathways and crossings between Woden and the City for pedestrians and cyclists.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said the funding will improve community facilities across the Territory.

“With the challenges presented by COVID-19, bushfires, floods and other events, the past couple of years have been tough for communities, businesses and Canberrans,” Senator Seselja said.

“That’s why we have moved quickly to approve funding for $15.9 million in projects across Canberra, paving the way for shovels to hit the dirt to make them a reality.”

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

“This funding comes on top of more than $2.1 billion of investment in Canberra by the Liberal-National Government in recent years,” Senator Seselja said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said funding is flowing under the third phase of the LRCI program to local councils and Territory governments 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 6,100 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.” 

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The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP 
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja 
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory