Boost for local governments in the New England Electorate
15 May 2015
FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said local governments in the New England Electorate will benefit from delivery of more than $10 million, the latest tranche of funding under the Australian Government’s four-year $9.3 billion Financial Assistance Grants programme.
Mr Joyce said $10, 245,587 is being provided to local governments in the New England Electorate under the latest funding.
“The Australian Government recognises the important contribution councils, as the level of government closest to Australians, make to our national economy and the leadership they provide at a local community level,” Mr Joyce said.
“Local governments play a pivotal role in bringing communities together and producing local solutions to local problems.
“Importantly, this funding is untied and supports local governments to deliver on local priorities with the services, facilities and infrastructure communities need most.
“The Australian Government is providing a total of $2.3 billion to local governments across Australia under the 2014-15 Financial Assistance Grants programme.”
Mr Joyce said the fourth quarterly grants payment will deliver $575 million towards priority local projects nationwide.
Councils in the New England Electorate will receive the following Financial Assistance Grants funding: Armidale Dumaresq Council, $1,019,125, Glen Innes Severn Shire Council, 907,201, Gunnedah Shire Council, $1,024,602, Guyra Shire Council $513,501, Inverell Shire Council, $1,343,016, Liverpool Plains Shire Council, $823,842, Tamworth Regional Council, $2,531,756,
Tenterfield Shire Council, $1,047,621, Uralla Shire Council, $571,912 and Walcha Council, $463,011.
Full details of Financial Assistance Grants allocations to councils are available online at www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx