Cuts to grants access spell bumpy road for Cockburn

End of the road to grants access: The City of Cockburn will continue to press for funding.
End of the road to grants access: The City of Cockburn will continue to press for funding.

THE City of Cockburn will continue to press for more funding in the wake of a State Government decision to cut grants access.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti recently confirmed a range of grants would be cut to counter a decision by the government not to scrap registration and stamp duty exemptions.

Ms Saffioti expected councils to keep up their road maintenance spends with the registration exemptions still intact.

Cockburn engineering and works director Charles Sullivan said the impact of the decision was unknown at this time but the City would continue to press for more funding for Cockburn.

The Capital Works Budget adopted by the council for 2017-18 includes $1.2 million for the Metropolitan Regional Road Group (MRRG) rehabilitation, $3.7 million for MRRG construction, and more than $3.5 million for roads construction.

Planned expenditure by the City on roads and footpaths totals more than $13.8 million.

WA Local Government Association president Lynne Craigie said the initial $10 million savings measure was viewed as unfair by the Upper House and rejected.

“Sadly, the State Government hasn’t accepted this decision,” she said.

“The sector is already supporting the State Government’s financial recovery with reduced road funding.”