In response to the COVID-19 economic stresses wrought upon local councils, the Morrison Government has brought forward local government grants budgeted for next year to the current financial year, and have also introduced the new $500 million Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Federal Member for Bennelong John Alexander OAM MP said: “I’m delighted to inform residents that their local council, The City of Ryde, will soon receive more than $2.45 million in federal funding, designed to support them as they support us through this pandemic.
“This includes $1,861,633 of brought forward funding, and $591,724 for the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. Parramatta, Hornsby and every other council in Australia will also be receiving financial support.
“I respect the Council to spend the additional federal funding they’re receiving in an appropriate manner. However, I have expressed a preference for safety devices, such as bollards, at our shopping precincts be looked at. Devices that would separate cars and consumers going about their business at local shopping precincts,” Mr Alexander said.
This preference comes in the wake of the tragic accident that occurred at North Epping shops recently, where a car attempting to park, accidentally used the accelerator instead of the brake, causing it to crash into a café, killing a local mum.
In response to Mr Alexander’s expressed preference for the use of the funds, Ryde Council passed an Urgency Motion last week moved by Cr Jordan Lane. Council resolved to investigate the use of this federal funding for the purpose of enhancing safety at local commercial zones.
Cr Lane said: “I was delighted to have received the support of my fellow councillors in moving this motion. I would like to thank John Alexander for his interest in local matters and the delivery of this additional funding for our council.”