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$28 million in funding for Riverina councils.



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10 August 2004 $28 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR RIVERINA COUNCILS The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull today announced more than $28 million in Local Government Financial Assistance Grants to councils throughout the region. Mrs Hull said the 2004-05 funding will be used by Riverina councils on local roads and other local government services. “The Local Government Financial Assistance Grants provide councils with funding to improve local roads and provide the many services our rural and regional communities require,” Mrs Hull said. “Best of all, these grants are untied, which mean each council can allocate the funding in order to meet their local priorities that meet the individual needs of their community. “This Government recognises the valuable and vital role councils play in local communities. “Local councils in rural and regional communities are often the largest employer of staff and contribute enormously to the development of their area. “We have seen many instances of the NSW Government passing the cost of many services to our local councils, who are often trying to provide more services with the same amount of funds. “I have no doubt our local councils will put this funding to good use and continue to deliver quality services to our communities.” Mrs Hull said the first quarterly payment is expected to be paid on 16 August 2004. In addition to these grants, NSW councils will receive an additional $81.5 million this year for local roads under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program. Details of the Roads to Recovery funding for councils are located at www.dotars.gov.au/transprog/road/r2r.index.htm. 1/2