6th September 2021
Local governments in the South West have received their first 2021-22 quarterly payment through the Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grant program.
Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said the funding is untied, allowing councils to spend the grant according to their own local priorities.
“Local governments are vital to building safer and stronger communities,“ Ms. Marino said.
“It is important for the Federal Government to partner with South West Local Governments. They are on the ground and understand the economic stimulus that will play a critical role in their communities’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Councils in the South West will share in over $2.3million including Bunbury, Busselton, Augusta/Margaret River, Capel, Dardanup, Donnybrook/Balingup, Harvey and Nannup.
The Federal Government prepaid around half of the allocated funding in June 2021, with the remainder being paid in these quarterly payments. The early payment is a valued support to councils, particularly in regions that have faced natural disasters and economic impacts due to COVID-19.
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