Councils in the Kennedy electorate will be able to start work on crucial new projects following an early cash injection of almost $47,449,310 under the Financial Assistance Grants program from the Turnbull Government.
Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Turnbull Government has made an early payment of 50 per cent of the 2018-19 Financial Assistance Grants funding to councils in the region to help support the delivery of essential services and local infrastructure.
“This is a major windfall for councils in Kennedy who rely on untied grant funding to fund a wide range of local projects and services including in transport, health, sports and recreation, environment and employment projects,” Senator Macdonald said.
“As a former Councillor, I recognise the importance of giving councils the power to determine local priorities in their region.
“These grants are therefore an extremely important means of allowing local governments to invest substantial allocations of federal funds based on local needs.”
Twenty-one Councils which operate fully or partly in the Kennedy electorate will receive early funding. They are:
- Boulia Shire Council - $1,561,225
- Burdekin Shire Council -$ 1,871,182
- Burke Shire Council - $1,556,781
- Cairns Regional Council - $2,985,907
- Carpentaria Shire Council - $2,424,539
- Cassowary Coast Regional Council - $1,803,456
- Charters Towers Regional Council - $3,078,059
- Cloncurry Shire Council - $2,839,632
- Croydon Shire Council - $1,917,595
- Doomadgee Aboriginal Community Council - $703,655
- Etheridge Shire Council - $2,604,517
- Flinders Shire Council - $3,315,849
- Hinchinbrook Shire Council - $1,029,233
- Mareeba Shire Council - $3,640,896
- Mckinlay Shire Council - $2,759,087
- Mornington Shire Council - $1,177,010
- Mount Isa City Council - $3,086,252
- Richmond Shire Council - $1,918,198
- Tablelands Regional Council - $3,033,285
- Townsville City Council - $3,651,743
- Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council - $491,209
More information about the Financial Assistance Grant programme, including funding being made to individual councils across Australia, is at: www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance