Western Australia announces road funding agreement

The Western Australian Government has announced a new funding agreement for the state’s network of local roads, which it claims will see an overall increase of $21 million over forward estimates.

The State Government has approved a new five-year State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement which guarantees councils receive 20 per cent of total State vehicle licence fee collections.

The agreement means the pool of funding shared by local governments will escalate from $182.3 million in 2018-19 to an estimated $203.4 million in 2022-23. This is compared to a decline to $150.4 million in 2015-16 under the previous Liberal National Government.

"The local road asset base in WA is worth more than $25 billion and forms a critical component of the State's transport network. These roads cover more than 127,000 kilometres or 86.5 per cent of all the roads in WA,” State Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.

"Although the State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement is not the only source of State Government road funding for councils, it is a significant plank in local governments being able to plan for and deliver important road services throughout WA.”

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) welcomed the announcement of the new funding deal.

"WALGA and local government welcome the decision by Cabinet to enter in to the fifth State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement,” WALGA President Lynne Craigie said.

"The agreement demonstrates the commitment by both levels of government to managing an effective road network and provides certainty to local governments over the funding arrangements."

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