Joint Media Statement with Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher
Under the Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grants programme Councils in Lingiari will receive a second quarter payment of $3.5 million in untied funding.
In 2015-16 the Australian Government will provide $2.3 billion for local governments under the Financial Assistance Grant programme. This includes $1.1 billion that was paid early on 30 June 2015.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said councils in Lingiari have the flexibility to spend the money according to local priorities, which not only build vital infrastructure but also support local businesses and create jobs in our community.
“The Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme gives councils flexibility to allocate much needed funds to projects that will meet the needs of local communities in Lingiari,” Senator Scullion said.
A list of Financial Assistance Grant funding in 2015-16 for Councils in the Lingiari Electorate is attached.
Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher said Councils are free to spend this money in the way they judge best meets the need of their community.
“The Turnbull Government believes that Canberra doesn’t always know best,” Mr Fletcher said.
“The Councillors and management of a local council know what their community’s priorities are.
“These funds will be allocated for many different purposes by different councils – roads, kindergartens, libraries, infrastructure and many other priorities.”
More information about the Financial Assistance Grant programme, including funding being made to individual local governing bodies, is online at: www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx.
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2015-11-20 Lingiari local Government grants.pdf