Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan

Council to take $10 million from Federal assistance program

THE Clarence Valley Council will take a $10million slice of the Federal Government's Financial Assistance Grant Program pie, to be rolled out in the 2015/16 financial year.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said it was part of $28,554,109 headed to Page.

"Councils are free to spend this untied grant funding according to local priorities, including for infrastructure, health, recreation, environment, employment and roads projects," he said.

"This is in addition to the Federal Government almost tripling Roads to Recovery funding to more than $26 million over the next two years so our five councils can maintain and improve for our local roads.

"Councils in the Northern Rivers and Clarence Valley can also benefit from Round Two of the Government's new $300 million Bridges Renewal Program which is available exclusively to local government. Up to $100 million will be provided for the repair and replacement of local bridges around Australia to deliver better transport links for their communities and industries."

Applications for Round 2 close August 31.

"The Government also committed a further $200 million under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, providing councils with funding for important local infrastructure over five years from 2014-15," Mr Hogan said.

"To further reduce crashes on Australian roads, an additional $200 million had been committed by the Government over the next two years under the $500 million Black Spot Program.

"The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring local councils and the communities they serve get the funding they need to deliver the infrastructure and services of the 21st century."

Full details of the allocations to councils under the Financial Assistance Grant Program are available online at regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx.



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