$6.5m puts City on fast track
Federal Govt comes to the party with funding package
THE Federal Government has given the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo almost $6.5 million through the 2018-19 Financial Assistance Grants program.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough said the Government made an early payment of 50 per cent of funding to the cities to support delivery of essential services and infrastructure.
The City of Joondalup received $2.9 million and the City of Wanneroo received $3.6 million to fund local projects.
“This is a major windfall for both the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo who rely on untied grant funding to fund a wide range of local projects and services, including in transport, health, sports and recreation, environment and employment projects,” Mr Goodenough said.
Regional Development, Territories and Local Government Minister John McVeigh said the early payment to all 546 councils across Australia would help fast track delivery of priority local projects.
The funding announcement followed Local Government Week, when representatives from both cities visited Canberra to discuss their strategic infrastructure, economic and development priorities with Federal ministers.
The representatives included Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob, chief executive Garry Hunt and Councillor Nige Jones as well as Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, chief executive Daniel Simms, Cr Frank Cvitan and Cr Samantha Fenn.
Mr Goodenough’s office said top priorities discussed included activating the Joondalup city centre, redeveloping the Ocean Reef Marina, and employment opportunities in the Neerabup industrial area.