Coun­cils’ grants from smaller funds pool

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

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