Financial assistance grants provide boost to Kennedy councils


Local governments across the Kennedy electorate are set to receive more than $44million in funding through the Financial Assistance Grants programme this financial year.

Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald said the grants, which councils have the flexibility to spend how they like, will help ensure communities across the north of the state are well positioned to benefit from the Government’s commitment to harnessing the untapped potential of Northern Australia.

“At a time when all levels of government are working together to actively pursue opportunities to maximise the vast economic potential that exists in Northern Australia, these grants are an invaluable source of funding for local Councils,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This money can be spent according to local priorities, which not only includes vital infrastructure, but also helps support local businesses and creates jobs in these communities,” Senator Macdonald said.

Across the Northern Australia region, which extends north from Gladstone in Central Queensland and includes the Northern Territory and Western Australia, councils will share in a total of more than $186 million, Senator Macdonald said.

“This is much needed capital that will help support these councils to take advantage of the unprecedented focus on developing Northern Australia, and is in addition to the $5billion that has already been allocated for that specific purpose.”

“Councillors and management of a local council know what their community’s priorities are.

“These funds will be allocated for many different purposes by different councils – roads, kindergartens, libraries, infrastructure and many other priorities.”

More information about the Financial Assistance Grants programme is available atwww.regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx.

Council

Total cash payment for 2015-16

Boulia Shire Council

             1,522,597

Burdekin Shire Council

             1,708,596

Burke Shire Council

             1,498,083

Cairns Regional Council

             2,805,576

Carpentaria Shire Council

             2,389,247

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

             1,656,814

Charters Towers Regional Council

             3,186,551

Cloncurry Shire Council

             2,718,977

Croydon Shire Council

             1,745,163

Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council

                636,477

Etheridge Shire Council

             2,377,453

Flinders Shire Council

             3,019,848

Hinchinbrook Shire Council

                967,413

Mareeba Shire Council

             3,320,718

McKinlay Shire Council

             2,830,889

Mornington Shire Council

                753,548

Mount Isa City Council

             2,820,893

Richmond Shire Council

             1,902,666

Tablelands Regional Council

             2,765,418

Townsville City Council

             3,403,120

Yarrabah Community Council

                446,099

TOTAL

$44,476,146

 

*NB some council jurisdictions cross multiple federal electorates

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