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The federal and NSW governments will spend $1billion on fixing roads and easing congestion in the country's most populous state

por Lourdes Wolff (02/07/2020)


The federal and NSW governments will spend $1billion on fixing roads and easing congestion in the country's most populous state.   

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will today announce the cash splash which includes $398million to make country roads safer and $382million for local councils to upgrade roads.

Another $240million will go towards reducing congestion in Sydney at 11 'pinch points'.

The projects are expected to provide 5,450 jobs as governments try to boost the economy following the coronavirus-caused downturn.

The announcement comes as Mr Morrison reviews the JobSeeker welfare payment, which doubled to $550 a week in March as 1.3million Aussies lost their job during lockdown.

The Prime Minister wants to bring the rate down to encourage people back into work - but the Gratton Institute released a report today demanding the original amount of $275 a week should be increased by $100. 

The federal and NSW governments will spend $1billion on fixing roads and easing congestion in the country's most populous state.

Pictured: tử cấm thành bắc kinh PM Scott Morrison

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Mr Morrison announced his road infrastructure funding plan with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday.

'Partnering with state and territory governments to invest in more major infrastructure projects across Australia is a key part of our JobMaker plan to rebuild our economy and create more jobs,' the Prime Minister said. 

The NSW government is contributing $569 million in funding, with the federal government making up the rest.

Ms Berejiklian said building infrastructure would be key to the state's economic recovery.

'Projects equal jobs and fast-tracking these infrastructure projects are more important than ever as the economy recovers from the pandemic,' she said.