In 2015-16 the Australian Government will provide $2.3 billion for local governments under the Financial Assistance Grant programme. This includes $1.1 billion that was paid early on 30 June 2015.
Under the Financial Assistance Grants programme the ACT will receive a second quarter payment of $6,075,112 in untied funding. These funds can be allocated for many different purposes – roads, kindergartens, libraries, infrastructure and many other projects.
Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said the ACT Government has the flexibility to spend the money according to local priorities, which not only build vital infrastructure but that will also meet the needs of our local community.
“I’ve heard from many Canberra residents and know that road safety and useability is of particular importance across the territory, particularly in our outer suburbs of Gungahlin, Belconnen and Tuggeranong.
Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher said the ACT Government can also apply for funding under the Bridges Renewal Programme, the National Stronger Regions Fund, the Black Spot Programme and the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.
“In 2015-16, total Commonwealth funding to the ACT Government under these programmes will reach $19.5 million,” Mr Fletcher said.
More information about the Financial Assistance Grant programme, including funding being made to individual local governing bodies, is online at: www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx.