Sep 3, 2009

Tasmanian councils share $62 million in financial assistance grants

Tasmanian councils share $62 million in financial assistance grants

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 3 2009

The Rudd Labor Government has today announced the funding that each and every council in Tasmania will receive this year in Financial Assistance Grants.

All up, Tasmanian councils will receive record funding of more than $62 million in Financial Assistance Grants in 2009-10, with around 62 per cent of the grants going to non-urban councils.

This funding is the equivalent of nearly $125 for every Tasmanian resident.

Without the Financial Assistance Grants, local residents could be paying higher council rates for the same level of service.

The Government brought forward more than $15 million of this funding to June to help Tasmanian councils deal with the effects of the current global recession.

The grant is untied so that Tasmanian councils can spend these funds on local priorities such as local roads, parks and pools, libraries, community centres, and waste, environmental and other services.

The Rudd Government understands how important the grants are for local communities where they can comprise more than half the revenue for some councils.

The Financial Assistance Grants for Tasmanian councils are in addition to:

  • $26.5 million through the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program since November 2008; and
  • $11.4 million under the Roads to Recovery program in 2009-10.

Tasmania’s 29 councils will receive their first quarterly payment this week.

The Financial Assistance Grant allocation is determined independently in accordance with the recommendations of the Tasmanian State Grants Commission.

Local councils’ allocations are available at http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/local/assistance