Boost to South West through local government grants

Boost to South West through local government grants

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

The programme will provide $575 million to local councils nationwide today as their third quarterly payment, including over $4 million in the electorate of Forrest.

“The Australian Government is committed to supporting local communities to deliver the services and facilities they need, and as a strong supporter of all our regional local governments here in South West I am glad to see them receive this support.”

“The great thing about today’s 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.

“As such, it is tangible recognition from the Federal Government of the importance of local councils, and this funding is in addition to the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery, $500 million Black Spot and $300 million Bridges Renewal programmes.

“I am looking forward to seeing our local councils target local priorities with today’s Financial Assistance Grant funding.”

The Financial Assistance Grant programme will deliver $9.3 billion to local governments from 2014–15 to 2018–19 for investing in services and building community infrastructure.

Local councils in the South West will receive the following funding under the Australian Government Financial Assistance Grant programme:


Forrest electorate total    4,197,554    16,790,217
City of Bunbury          387,592        1,550,369
City of Busselton          530,705        2,122,820
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River          340,078        1,360,312
Shire of Capel          394,614        1,578,457
Shire of Collie          444,156        1,776,624
Shire of Dardanup          384,494        1,537,978
Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup          620,134        2,480,539
Shire of Harvey          669,800        2,679,202
Shire of Nannup          425,979        1,703,916


Full details of the allocations to councils under the Financial Assistance Grant programme are available online at: