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Pat Conaghan MP

Cowper Councils to benefit from Commonwealth cash boost

The 5 councils in the Cowper electorate will benefit from the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion pre-payment on next year’s Financial Assistance Grant to all councils across Australia.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said this early payment will give every council in Cowper access to funds to help manage the cumulative impacts of the floods and COVID-19.

“The funding will target councils’ top priorities and will ensure the needs of our local communities are met,” Mr Conaghan said.

“This will provide a vital boost for our local communities, backing local jobs and economic growth while delivering lasting upgrades that will benefit residents for years to come”.

Councils in Cowper will receive the following payment (note two councils cross Federal electorates, as listed below):

Bellingen Shire Council Cowper $3,319,608
Coffs Harbour City Council Cowper, Page $6,223,126
Kempsey Shire Council Cowper $5,370,738
Nambucca Valley Council Cowper $3,520,253
Port Macquarie Hastings Council Cowper, Lyne $7,730,211

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said pre-paying the Financial Assistance Grant means the Government is backing local councils when they need it most.

“The Government is committed to continuing its support to local governments, given their important role in delivering vital services and ensuring quality of life for Australian communities,” Mr Hogan said.

“These grants are untied in the hands of local government, allowing councils to spend the grants according to local priorities – a real shot in the arm for councils and local decision-making in these challenging times.

“I want to acknowledge the hard work of local officials – with support from our Government – in dealing with natural disasters and their aftermath at a community level.

“I have been in regular contact with mayors, councillors and other local government ministers to understand the realities on the ground, and to make sure we are all playing our part.

“A stable and effective local government sector is good for the nation and we will continue to do what is good for the nation through these crises.”

Since 1974–75, the Australian Government will have provide local governments with $64 billion in untied funding through the Financial Assistance Grant program to 2022-23.

The Commonwealth has committed $2.8 billion in funding to local government in 2022–23, 75 per cent being brought forward to be paid early to local governments for rebuilding after floods and the transition and planning of living with COVID-19.

More information is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/territories-regions-cities/local-government/financial-assistance-grant-local-government.

 

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