Funding for Local Roads

Because Local Governments are getting a smaller share of revenue from motor vehicle licence fees than they used to and the network is being used more by more, or larger heavy vehicles, some areas of the local road network are run down.

Local Governments receive a share of the revenues collected from motor vehicle licence fees to invest back into local roads. In past agreements with the State Government, Local Governments have received a 27% share, but since 2015, this has dropped to 20%. With less funding now available, the local road network has suffered.

WALGA has been calling for Local Government’s share of vehicle licence fee revenue to be returned to 27% to prevent our local roads from getting worse.

Without additional funding, local roads will continue to deteriorate and become less safe and less productive. There is now a $132 million gap between what was spent on maintaining our local roads in the last year, compared to what is needed to keep them in the same condition. Restoring road funding for Local Governments will mean that more can be spent on upgrading and maintaining our roads, to make sure they are safe to travel on and that people and supplies can move where they need to.

It will also create more than 290 jobs and add $61.5 million to the WA economy each year.

How can I help?
If funding for local roads is important to you and your community, let your local State Election candidates know.  The next State Election will be held on Saturday, 13 March 2021. Find your local candidates by clicking below.
 

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