FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said almost $10.25 million would have been deposited in the bank accounts of the 10 councils in the New England Electorate today.
The ten councils will have received their payments made under the Australian Government Financial Assistance Grant programme, a part of the $2.3 billion in quarterly payments to local councils nationwide in 2014-15.
Mr Joyce said councils are free to spend this untied grant funding according to local priorities, including for infrastructure, health, recreation, environment, employment and roads projects.
“The first quarterly payment for 2014-15 was made to councils in August 2014,” Mr Joyce said.
Mr Joyce said councils in the New England will receive in total $10,245,572 in Financial Assistance Grants each quarter this year.
The payments made today included: $1,019,124 for Armidale Dumaresq Council, $907,200 for the Glen Innes Severn Council, $1,024,600 for Gunnedah Shire Council, $513,500 for Guyra Shire Council, $1,343,015 for Inverell Shire Council, $823,840 for Liverpool Plains Shire Council, $2,531,756 for Tamworth Regional Council, $1,047,619 for Tenterfield Shire Council, $571,910 for Uralla Shire Council and $463,009 for Walcha Shire Council.
“I am looking forward to seeing our local councils target local priorities with this funding, along with additional funding provided under the $565 million Black Spot and $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programmes,” Mr Joyce said.
“I’m really pleased to see the concentration shown by the government on funding for local councils; we all know the local roads are the mechanisms which drives the commerce of so many regional areas.”