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 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

$644 million hits the ground for local councils

Media Release


17 November 2014

Council coffers across Australia are currently receiving the latest instalment of the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery and Financial Assistance Grants funding.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the 183 local government authorities that have so far submitted their returns for Roads to Recovery have now received their initial $69 million of funding.

“In September I wrote to each local government authority to advise of their allocation for the 2014–15 to 2018–19 period, which included a doubled allocation for the 2015–16 financial year,” Mr Truss said.

“It means councils can now get on with their chosen projects to build and upgrade their local road and street networks.

“The Government has provided certainty for Roads to Recovery, as the new legislations abolishes the sunset clause that saw Labor unnecessarily hold up funding for five months.”

In a double helping of good news for council balance sheets, the second quarterly payment of $575 million under the Financial Assistance Grant programme will be paid today.

“Importantly, the Australian Government's funding comes with no strings attached—meaning councils are free to spend the money on local priorities,” Mr Truss said.

“Financial Assistance Grants allow councils to prioritise funding according to local needs, with the untied grant funding being used to deliver a range of benefits to communities across Australia, such as infrastructure, health, recreation, environment and employment projects.

“The Australian Government's priority is to deliver the infrastructure needed for a more prosperous future and that starts from at the local level.

“The Roads to Recovery programme and Financial Assistance Grants are key ways we are helping local councils to support their local communities.”