Boost to South West through local government grants

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed the release of additional funding to Local Governments throughout the South West as a part of the Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme.

Councils in the Electorate of Forrest have this week receive an additional $2.2 million for the first quarterly payment for the 2015-16 financial year.

This brings the total of Financial Assistance Grant to the Forrest electorate to $7.9 million this financial year.

“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting local government to deliver the services and facilities they need,” Mrs Marino said.

“We will deliver $9.45 billion to Local Governments from 2015-16 to 2018-19 through the Financial Assistance Grant programme to provide services and build community infrastructure.

“The great thing about this funding is councils are free to spend this untied grant money according to local priorities, including for infrastructure, health, recreation, environment, employment and roads projects.”

Councils in the South West will receive the following Financial Assistance Grants funding:

LGA Quarter 1 Payment Total 2015-16
City of Bunbury                          191,814                                             1,571,440
City of Busselton                          428,476                                              2,823,596
Collie Shire Council                          185,696                                              1,645,964
Shire of Augusta Margaret River                          237,505                                              1,601,174
Shire of Capel                          238,874                                              1,763,358
Shire of Dardanup                           162,233                                              1,340,647
Shire of Donnybrook Balingup                          235,237                                              1,893,989
Shire of Harvey                          313,735                                            2,567,223
Shire of Nannup                          274,785                                              1,767,847
Forrest total                      2,268,355                                            16,975,238

“This is in addition to the Government’s $3.2 billion Roads to Recovery programme” Mrs Marino said.

“Councils can also benefit from Round Two of the Government’s new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme which is available exclusively to local government. Up to $100 million will be provided for the repair and replacement of local bridges around Australia to deliver better transport links for their communities and industries.

“The Government also committed a further $200 million under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, providing councils with funding for important local infrastructure over five years from 2014-15.

“To further reduce crashes on Australian roads, an additional $200 million had been committed by the Government over the next two years under the $500 million Black Spot Programme.

“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring local councils and the communities they serve get the funding they need to deliver the infrastructure and services of the 21st century.

Full details of the allocations to councils under the Financial Assistance Grant Programme are available online at regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx