Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon John McVeigh
• Northern Territory councils to get early payment of $20.5 million for 2017-18
• Great news for NT councils who have been neglected by the Gunner Government
• Programme enables councils to spend their grant according to local priorities
Councils in the Northern Territory will be able to start work on crucial new projects following an early cash injection of almost $20.5 million under the Financial Assistance Grants programme from the CLP Government.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Country Liberal Party has made an early payment of 50 per cent of the 2018-19 Financial Assistance Grants funding to councils in the region to help support the delivery of essential services and local infrastructure.
“This is a major windfall for councils in the Northern Territory who rely on untied grant funding to fund a wide range of local projects and services including in transport, health, sports and recreation, environment and employment projects.
“This is even more critical in the face of the Gunner Government’s neglect of local government and Michal Gunner’s economic recklessness which is killing jobs and investment every single day in the Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, John McVeigh, said the Government’s decision to make an early payment of 50 per cent of 2018-19 Financial Assistance Grants to all 546 councils across Australia will help fast track delivery of priority local projects.
“The Coalition Government recognises the importance of giving councils the power to determine local priorities in their region,” he said.
“These grants are therefore an extremely important means of allowing local governments to invest substantial allocations of federal funds based on local needs.
“The Coalition Government also supports local councils through a range of other targeted funding programs including Roads to Recovery, Bridges to Renewal, the Building Better Regions Fund and Regional Growth Fund.”
More information about the Financial Assistance Grant programme, including funding being made to individual councils across Australia, is at: www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance