Jun 25, 2009

Local councils to share in extra funding for community infrastructure

Local councils to share in extra funding for community infrastructure

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 25 2009

The Rudd Labor Government has offered the four local councils in Grayndler a total of $659,000 to build new or upgrade existing community facilities such as libraries, community centres, sports grounds and environmental infrastructure.

The funding will be divided as follows:

  • Ashfield Municipal Council $93,000
  • Canterbury City Council $280,000
  • Leichhardt Municipal Council $93,000
  • Marrickville Council $193,000

The new funding has been made available following a $220 million boost to the Community Infrastructure Program which was announced today by the Prime Minister at the second meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government.

Today’s announcement builds on $6,295,873 already provided to the four local councils since the establishment of the Community Infrastructure Program just eight months ago.

It is also in addition to the regular funding they receive from our Roads to Recovery Program and Financial Assistance Grants.

The Government is working with local governments to modernise the nation’s community infrastructure and equip the sector with the tools essential to long term financial sustainability.

Together we are supporting local jobs today by building the infrastructure our communities will need tomorrow.

The extra $220 million will be delivered as follows:

  • $100 million shared between all of the nation’s councils and shires; and
  • $120 million for larger Strategic Projects. All councils and shires will have the opportunity to compete for a share of this funding.

All up, we have now provided the nation’s councils and shires with more than $1 billion since November last year – the largest ever Federal investment. As a result work on more than 3,300 projects is already underway across Australia.

The Government will start delivering the extra $220 million to councils and shires towards the end of 2009, giving councils the time to complete the existing projects funded under the Community Infrastructure Program.

Guidelines will be available in the near future. For further information: http://www.aclg.gov.au/cip/index.aspx