Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Broken Hill City Council Mayor Darriea Turley AM test out the new footpath in Patton Street.
Footpaths across Broken Hill are now much safer and more accessible, thanks to a multi-million-dollar Federal Government investment which is creating jobs and boosting the local economy.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton met with Broken Hill City Council Mayor Darriea Turley AM during a visit to Broken Hill today to see first-hand how the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) funding is benefitting the city.
“Broken Hill City Council received $310,580 under the first phase of the LRCI program to revamp the footpaths along Blende Street and an additional $666,521 in Phase 2 for the construction of bicycle and walking paths in Patton, Rakow, Uranium, O’Neill and Brooks streets,” Mr Coulton said.
“It’s fantastic to see most of these footpaths now complete, improving pedestrian safety and accessibility, particularly for those with mobility issues.
“This is exactly the type of work the Federal Government is pleased to support – to create local job opportunities, while delivering lasting benefits.
“The LRCI program has proven to be a huge success for our local communities, with councils able to use these funds for projects that they otherwise wouldn’t have the capacity to undertake.”
Broken Hill Mayor Darriea Turley AM thanked the Federal Government for its ongoing support.
“Council has made a commitment to improving footpaths around the city over the next 10 years, and it has been a major boost to receive this ongoing funding from the Commonwealth Government,” Cr Turley said.
“We’re very pleased to partner with the Government in delivering safe, accessible infrastructure in our community.”
In the 2021–22 Budget, the Australian Government announced a $1 billion extension of the LRCI program, following strong community and local government support, including an additional $621,160 for Broken Hill City Council under Phase 3. This extension brings the total LRCI funding allocation for Broken Hill City Council to $1,598,261.