A handy $872,757 injection into Maitland council's coffers was announced this morning as part of the Federal Government's commitment to community infrastructure projects.
Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said he plans to meet with Mayor Loretta Baker to discuss potential projects which may be supported as part of the Federal Government's $1.8 billion, two-pronged funding package.
The new funding was announced on Monday and includes a new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure program, and also bringing forward the $1.3 billion 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment.
But it's the Local Road and Community Infrastructure program that will have mayor Baker rubbing her hands in anticipation - Maitland Council's share of that money is $872,757.
All up, councils across Maitland, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle will share in $8.23 million. Dungog, which has had ongoing road issues going back years, will receive $574,83.
The aim of he funding is to enable local councils to deliver priority projects with a focus on upgrades and maintenance to local roads and community infrastructure.
"This investment will support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19," Dr Gillespie said.
"Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local community as we rebuild the economy post coronavirus.
"Not only will this package support jobs, construction businesses and the economy across Maitland and the Hunter region, it will improve our local roads and provide for new and upgraded amenities to help communities stay connected."
A broad range of community infrastructure projects will be eligible including new or upgraded bicycle and walking paths, community facilities, and picnic shelters and barbecue facilities at parks.
Local road projects to be delivered under the Program include but are not limited to constructing or improving bridges and tunnels, street lighting, and heavy vehicle facilities such as rest areas.