Councils given funding to spend where they need it most
15 August 2018
The Coalition Government's first quarterly payment under the 2018–19 Financial Assistance Grant program will be delivered to the states and territories from today and will be distributed to local councils across the country.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the $307 million allocated this quarter will be spent in local priority areas including health, recreation, environment, employment and road projects.
“These grants are untied which means councils across Australia can spend their funding based on their own priorities and deliver the infrastructure and services their communities need,” Dr McVeigh said.
“In this financial year, the Coalition Government will provide more than $2.4 billion in untied funds to 546 local councils under the Financial Assistance Grant program.
“Under the program, the Coalition Government has provided more than $11 billion to local government since 2013–14, to help deliver services and build vital community infrastructure.
“The Coalition Government also supports local councils through a range of other targeted funding programs including; Roads to Recovery, Bridges Renewal, the Building Better Regions Fund and the Regional Growth Fund.”
Details of the allocations to councils under the Financial Assistance Grant program are available online at: regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx