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Financial assistance grants for local councils.

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Media Release

Bob Baldwin MP

Federal Member for Paterson 12th August 2004 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS FOR LOCAL COUNCILS Local councils in the electorate of Paterson will receive a total of $16.4 million in 2004/05 as part of the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grants. The grants are provided to councils each year to assist with the provision of local services. “These grants are untied. This means that councils can allocated the funds according to local priorities. Funds are used by councils to provide a range of health, community, recreational, cultural and environmental services and to provide and maintain vital infrastructure such as roads,” Mr Baldwin said. Financial Assistance Grants to councils in Paterson for 2004/05: Dungog Shire Council $1,573,155 Gloucester Shire Council $1,352,095 Great Lakes Council $4,972,572 Maitland Council $4,429,497 Port Stephens Council $4,114,150 “Attracting more funding for local roads is enormously important for this area and under the Howard Government, we have introduced programs such as Roads to Recovery and the Blackspot program,” Mr Baldwin said. “In 2004, councils in NSW will receive $497.9 million in Financial Assistance Grants, $81.5 million on Roads to Recovery funding and $14.3 million in Blackspot Road funding. I want to see our region get a large slice of both Federal and State Government funding now and in the future, so we can get key local projects done. “Labor’s record on road funding is appalling in Paterson. They actually the Blackspot program and didn’t recognize the need to give councils more funding. It was only when the Howard Government was elected, that roads and transport were firmly put on the agenda.