Local governments in Flinders are set to benefit from $39 million in funding under the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grant Program in 2015-16.
The Australian Government is providing $2.3 billion to local governments nationwide in 2015-16. This includes $1.1 billion in Financial Assistance Grants already paid to councils to ensure immediate access to untied funding to support local priorities.
The Coalition Government is committed to supporting local governments to deliver the services and facilities they need.
Councils are free to spend this untied grant funding according to local priorities, including for infrastructure, health, recreation, environment, employment and roads projects.
I am pleased that we are able to provide greater assistance to local councils though the Government’s Financial Assistance Grant Program.
This gives local councils greater flexibility about where they spend their funding and provides an additional boost to make our communities better places to live, work and enjoy.
Financial Assistance Grants funding to local councils will be distributed as follows:
• Bass Coast Shire Council: $5.49 million
• Cardinia Shire Council: $9.89 million
• Casey City Council: $17.31 million
• Mornington Peninsula Shire Council: $6.43 million
This is in addition to the Government’s $3.2 billion Roads to Recovery Program.
To further reduce accident on Australian roads, an additional $200 million had been committed by the Government over the next two years under the $500 million Black Spot Program.
The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring local councils and the communities they serve get the funding they need to deliver the infrastructure and services of the 21st century.
Full details of the allocations to councils under the Financial Assistance Grant Program are available online at regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx