$6.5m puts City on fast track

Fed­eral Govt comes to the party with fund­ing pack­age

Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Lucy Jarvis

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.

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