Murrindindi Shire receives federal funding for projects

Murrindindi Shire Council has received $1.083 million in funding to deliver 14 priority projects for the community, as part of the Australian Government’s ‘Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program’ (LRCI Program).

Helen Haines
Independent MHR for Indi, Helen Haines. PHOTO: Supplied.

The purpose of the LRCI Program is to support jobs and help local economies bounce back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the 14 projects announced, four are in Yea, two in Kinglake, three in Alexandra, and one each for Thornton, Buxton and Castella. Two are yet to be announced by Murrindindi.

Council’s Infrastructure Portfolio Councillor Eric Lording said the support from the Australian Government will contribute to the health and prosperity Murrindindi Shire.

“We’re very pleased that 14 of our projects have successfully received funding.  All are anticipated to be delivered by June next year, so the community will see quite a bit of activity in coming months,” Lording said.

“We always have a number of projects in the pipeline for future development. This funding means we are able to advance projects that met the grant criteria, but which we couldn’t fund through our 2020/21 capital works budget.

  • Replacement of cricket nets at Kinglake Memorial Oval (‘Kingdome’) with new and safer nets that don’t have exposed poles with the potential for cricket balls to ricochet;
  • Upgrading the pumps at the Alexandra Swimming Pool;
  • Playground equipment (a spinner) installed at the Yea Railway Reserve Playground, which will complete the Master Plan;
  • Road sealing between Anne and Mary Streets, Yea;
  • Road sealing of Craigie, Marshbank and Smith Streets, Yea;
  • Safety improvement works to Brooks Cutting Road, Alexandra;
  • Safety improvement works to Gordon’s Bridge Rd, Castella;
  • Footpath extension for Bailey Street and crossing point improvements, Alexandra;
  • New footpaths along Watsons Rd from Kelly Court to Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake West;
  • Lighting for Buxton Reserve footpaths, Buxton;
  • Upgrade to Tumbling Waters toilet block, including the renewal of plumbing fixtures, rendering, lighting, sinks and flooring, Thornton; and
  • Seating between Yea Pioneer Reserve and Pelissier Street, Yea.

“We are grateful to the Australian Government for this funding opportunity. The delivery of these projects will not only help improve our quality of life in the short term but will help support the resilience of our local economy, as Council is committed to supporting operators and suppliers based in Murrindindi Shire wherever possible,” Cr Lording said.

Helen Haines MP, Independent Federal Member for Indi, congratulated Murrindindi Shire Council on receiving this funding.

Dr Haines said federal government support for shovel-ready projects in North East communities was vital for economic and community recovery from the impacts COVID-19 business and social restrictions.

“Funding from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure helps to sustain jobs and improve access, amenity and safety in Yea, Alexandra, Castella, Buxton, Kinglake and Kinglake West,” Haines said.