Councils’ grants from smaller funds pool
COUNCILS in the Curtin electorate will get $12 million from the Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grant (FAG) program in 2015-16 following the 2014-15 Federal budget freeze on grants indexation until 2016-17.
“Councils are free to spend this untied grant funding according to local priorities, including for infrastructure, health, recreation, environment, employment and roads projects,” Curtin MHR Julie Bishop said.
Councils said the freeze would mean WA could lose more than $147 million from the program in the five years until 2014-2019.
However, Ms Bishop said the $9.45 billion to councils across the nation would still provide services and build community infrastructure.
The Town of Mosman Park’s $274,486 includes about $79,000 for roads preservation and maintenance, with $143,056 paid on June 30 and the remainder to be delivered every three months for the rest of the financial year. The Shire of Peppermint Grove will get $53,778, which chief executive John Merrick said would be used for projects including rebuilding riverwalls, upgrading a public pavilion and minor road works.
The Town of Cambridge will get $944,754, the Town of Claremont $315,329 and the Town of Cottesloe $276,361, which it will place in general funding. The cities of Nedlands and Subiaco will receive $757,170 and $610,842 respectively.