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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

New Queensland Councils to Get Federal Funding

Media Release

WT009/2014

07 February 2014

The Australian Government has today recognised Queensland's four newest councils—Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas—by allocating them a share of Commonwealth Financial Assistance Grants.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said funding allocations approved under the Financial Assistance Grant will greatly benefit the new Councils as they set about the task of re-establishing their new administrations.

“The new local governments of Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas officially commenced operations on 1 January this year, increasing the number of Queensland councils from 73 to 77,” Mr Truss said.

“Formerly part of the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Tablelands and Cairns governing bodies, the four new local governments are now councils in their own right.

“Under the initial part-distribution for 2013–14 (1 January to 30 June 2014), the Noosa Council will receive $585,331, Livingstone $515,132, Mareeba $722,480, and Douglas $143,800.”

The allocations will result in corresponding reductions in the Grants made to their former amalgamated Councils. From next year, these Councils will participate in the Queensland Grants Commission processes on the same basis as other Queensland Local Authorities.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the new allocations marked an exciting time for local government and the communities in Queensland.

“It’s great to see the communities of Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas recognised in their own right,” Mr Truss said.

The Financial Assistance Grants include both general purpose and specific roads allocations, both of which are untied to allow councils to spend the grants according to local priorities.

The four new local government bodies have been created under the Local Government (De-Amalgamation Implementation) Regulation 2013.