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Infrastructure funding a shot in the arm for local councils

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Infrastructure funding a shot in the arm for local councils

Local councils have welcomed the news that the Palaszczuk Government will devote $70 million to ensure local government building projects are investment ready.

Local Government Association of Queensland Acting President and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the announcement followed a sustained push from the LGAQ to streamline the system governing council access to grants and subsidies.

Cr Hill said there were some significant gains for councils from today’s announcement, particularly in the area of funding for flood mitigation projects.

“It’s now time for the Federal Government to do its bit to ensure communities are more resilient in the face of natural disasters,’’ she said.

“Councils are putting money for these projects and so is the State Government.  The Federal Government has a clear responsibility to pay its share to deliver stronger infrastructure to local communities.’’

The LGAQ is pushing for the Turnbull Government to match the state’s share of funding for mitigation projects.

Cr Hill said today’s announcement would ensure that councils saved time and resources in applying for local infrastructure funding.

“We look forward to working with the state government to deliver these vital projects and thank them for listening to our advocacy and acting in the best interest of communities,’’ she said.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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