Pork barrelling no doubt
It's a government issue.
Why the federal government funds infrastructure is beyond me. Sure major country wide projects like the NBN and Inland Rail, but a couple of hundred thousand for a local car park? Toilets at footy grounds? You end up with issues like the east west link where money comes with strings attached. The federal government blackmailing the state.
Unfortunately, many don't understand or can't see what the federal government does. International relations isn't the most talked about topic at the dinner table. Sure helps the local federal member when they can point to a car park or a dunny at election time and say we did that.