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

Financial Assistance Grants to benefit Western Australian councils

Media Release

WT148/2014

18 August 2014

Local Governments across Western Australia will receive $282.7 million from the Australian Government to support local projects and services as part of the Government's $2.3 billion Financial Assistance Grant programme for 2014–15.

The Coalition Government's commitment will provide $9.3 billion to Local Governments from 2014–15 to 2018–19 through the Financial Assistant Grant programme to deliver services and build community infrastructure.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced that the $282.7 million comes with no strings attached, meaning Councils are free to spend their allocation according to local priorities, be it for infrastructure, health, recreation, environment and/or employment projects.

“The first quarterly payment under the Financial Assistance Grant Programme to the Western Australian Government has been made,” Mr Truss said.

“This vital cash injection to meet local needs comes on top of the $51.2 million Western Australian Councils are entitled to receive this financial year under the Roads to Recovery programme. Western Australian Councils will receive a double Roads to Recovery payment next year of $102.4 million (and a further $44.1 million over the life of the Community Development Grants programme).

“Western Australian Councils can also now apply for further federal funding of $565 million for the Black Spots programme and $300 million through the Bridges Renewal programme.

“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring local councils and the communities they serve get the funding they need to deliver the infrastructure and resources of the 21st century.

“The Coalition Government is also providing $1 billion under the National Stronger Regions Fund through investment in local infrastructure projects that promote economic development.”

Details of the allocations to councils under the Financial Assistance Grant Programme are available online at: regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx.