Jun 24, 2008

Councils receive $441 million from the Rudd Labor Government

Councils receive $441 million from the Rudd Labor Government


The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 18 2008

Councils and shires across Australia have received $441 million of federal funding for services and infrastructure in local communities, with around two-thirds of the grants going to rural and regional councils.

The $441 million in financial assistance grants to local government is the final quarterly instalment of the $1.8 billion provided to councils in 2007-08.

Local government is the closest level of government to the people and critical to holding communities together.

The Rudd Labor Government is committed to working closely with local government.

Councils will be able to use federal funds to provide a range of health, community, recreational and environmental services, and maintain infrastructure such as roads.

In particular, many rural and regional councils rely on the Government’s funding because of relatively higher costs in providing services or relatively less ability to raise revenue.

Local government grants commissions in each state recommend grant allocations to individual councils. The commissions have been established by each state for determining the distribution of the grants to councils in their state.

In addition to these grants, councils have also received $300 million in the current financial year from the Rudd Labor Government for local roads under its Roads to Recovery Programme.

Details of the financial assistance grants funding are located at: