Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Commonwealth to spend $4.1 million to support NT Councils

Media Release

PF028/2015

19 November 2015

The Australian Government will provide $4.1 million for Councils in the Northern Territory. This is the second quarterly instalment for 2015–16 under the local government Financial Assistance Grant programme.

Total national spending by the Australian Government in 2015–16 under the Financial Assistance Grants programme will be $2.3 billion. This includes $1.1 billion that was paid early on 30 June 2015.

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.”

Mr Fletcher said councils can also access a range of other Australian Government programmes for funding, including the Roads to Recovery programme, which has more than $1 billion allocated across Australia in 2015–16.

“Councils can also apply for funding under the Bridges Renewal Programme, the National Stronger Regions Fund, the Black Spot Programme and the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme,” Mr Fletcher said.

“In 2015–16, total Commonwealth funding to NT councils under the Community Development Grants Programme will reach $2.7 million and the NT Black Spot and Roads to Recovery allocations will total over $19 million.

“These large allocations reflect factors such as Roads to Recovery Funding being almost tripled over the two years beginning 2015–16,” Mr Fletcher said.

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.