Truss: Many regional infrastructure grants are still worthy

REGIONAL infrastructure grants that the previous Federal Government left uncontracted before the election may yet be approved for funding.

The grants, which included more than $500 million which the Labor Government failed to sign contracts for, were left in limbo at the election.

Under Labor's Regional Development Fund, nearly 1000 projects were left uncontracted and unfunded before the Coalition took office, Senate estimates revealed this week.

But while some grants may not get funding, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said today many projects were still worthy.

He promised a $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund at the election, some of which could go to projects local councils applied for under the previous government's fund.

Mr Truss said despite many projects being left unfunded by the previous government, he was considering how some proposals could still be provided.

"We are considering arrangements for those RDAF projects without a contract in place before the election in the context of both available funds and the most effective way to deliver our $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund," he said.

"Labor recklessly announced RDA projects all over the country in the lead up to and during the federal election, in the full knowledge that they would never deliver them."

"Almost 1000 projects were added to the RDA list in the last few weeks of the former government - most without having gone through any assessment process, none contracted and hundreds not even announced."

The government is yet to make a final decision on which projects may be approved, after the assessments are complete.


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