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Neville delivers more than $1.2 million to keep the Isis Shire growing.

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Neville Delivers More Than $1.2 Million to Keep the Isis Shire Growing Wednesday, 16 August 2006

More than $1.2 million from the Australian Government will be used to provide better roads and local government services in the Isis Shire. Local Federal Member Paul Neville said the Financial Assistance Grants (FAGS) funding covered the 2006/07 financial year, with a total of $1.202 million going to the Isis Shire. “FAGS grants help Councils provide the high quality services that local communities need and expect of their local Council,” he said. “Each Council’s allocation is broken down into two components - general purpose funding and roads funding. Isis Shire Council will receive a $856,445 general purpose grant and $346,327 roads grant - an increase of almost 11% on the previous financial year.” “All of those funds will be used to make the Shire a better place to live for all residents, and because these grants are untied it gives the Council the flexibility to use the funds according to local priorities.” Mr Neville said the grants would be used by Councils to provide a range of health, community, recreational, cultural and environmental services and to provide and maintain infrastructure such as roads. “They are part of the ongoing assistance the Australian Government has provided to local communities for more than 30 years, and overall, Councils in the Hinkler electorate will share in $19.65 million in FAGS grants for 2006/07.” The Australian Government has increased financial assistance grants funding to local government for 2006-07 by $67.4 million over 2005-06, bringing the total increase in funding to local government to around $520 million since the Coalition came to office in 1996. The grants are paid under the Local Government (Financial

Assistance) Act 1995, with the first quarterly payment expected on 15 August 2006.