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Cowper Councils Receive Federal Cash This Week

More than $3.5 million in untied Australian Government grants will arrive in the bank accounts of local Councils this week Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has confirmed.

“Councils in Cowper will receive a total of $29,510,019 this financial year through the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grants programme. This includes advance payments of $14,843,322 made in late June. The first quarterly payment for 2015-16 of $3,666,674 was made to the NSW Government a few days ago and should be flowing through to individual councils now,” said Mr Hartsuyker.


“We know that councils struggle to cover the costs of providing critical services and infrastructure in regional areas. These Financial Assistance Grants are designed to assist with shouldering some of this financial burden.


“These grants are untied funding, which means they can be used by councils for local priorities, whether that be infrastructure, health, recreation, environment, employment and road projects. A bureaucrat in Canberra doesn’t tell councils what they can and cannot do with this funding. It’s all about empowering local communities to address local priorities.


“In conjunction with the $3.2 billion Roads to Recovery programme, which helps councils with the upgrading and maintenance of roads, we are committed to ensuring our councils and our communities get the funding they need to deliver the infrastructure and services of the 21st century.


“The Australian Government is also providing additional assistance to local councils through the $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme, which is available to local government for the repair and replacement of local bridges, and the $500 million road Black Spot Programme.”


Councils in Cowper will receive the following Financial Assistance Grants funding:



Total 2015-16


Qtr 1


Advance Payment


Bellingen Shire Council




Clarence Valley Council




Coffs Harbour City Council




Kempsey Shire Council




Nambucca Shire Council





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