$12 million on the way to Richmond councils
Tweed and Byron Shire Councils will share in over $12 million this financial year under the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said he was pleased to advise that Tweed Shire Council will receive $9.49 million and Byron Shire Council $2.77 million as part of a $2.3 billion allocation nationwide.
He said Tweed Shire received an early payment of $4.67 million and Byron Shire $1.29 million, while the first quarterly payments have just been made and Tweed Shire can expect $1.20 million and Byron Shire $369,000.
Senator Williams said from 2015-16 to 2018-19 Local Governments throughout Australia will share in $9.45 billion under the FAG’s programme and the funds are untied which means they can be spent on local priorities.
“This is in addition to the Government’s $3.2 billion Roads to Recovery programme - $1.45 billion more than Labor provided under their programme.
Tweed and Byron Shires can also benefit from Round Two of the Government’s new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme 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, and Round 2 closes on the 31st of August.
The Government also committed a further $200 million under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, providing councils with funding for important local infrastructure over five years from 2014-15.
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 Programme”, Senator Williams said.