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Philip Ruddock appeals to Minister for Local Government on behalf of Ryde Council



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"MEDIA STATEMENT Philip Ruddock MP Federal Member for Dundas Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

Electorate Tel: (02) 858 1011 Fax: (02) 804 6739

Parliament House Tel: (06) 277 4343 Fax: (06) 277 2062

27 March 1991

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PHILIP RUDDOCK APPEALS TO MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ON BEHALF OF RYDE COUNCIL

Ryde Council is absolutely right to be concerned at the proposed cut in funding proposed by the Commonwealth Grants Commission, local Federal Member for Dundas Philip Ruddock said this week.

In response to recent appeals by Ryde Council to prevent a cut in funds for Ryde, Philip Ruddock wrote protesting to the Minister for Local Government, Wendy Fatin.

In the letter, Philip Ruddock urged the Federal Government to provide priority for the upgrading of local roads.

The Report on Interstate Distribution of General Revenue Grants for Local Government was released on March 11th of this year. It proposes to redirect money to other councils nationwide.

If this report was implemented, it would have far reaching effects on priority accorded to local government grants in metropolitan Sydney.

At this stage, the Federal Coalition, headed by Senator Warwick Parer, has written to all Local Government

Associations throughout Australia seeking their views on the report.

In the meantime, however, Philip Ruddock ,has written the letter to the Minister for Local Government, Wendy Fatin, outlining his concerns especially in relation to Ryde Council.

The letter stated Ryde Council's concern that their Local Government Grant may be cut due to an alteration in the distribution of local funding.

It was pointed out that Ryde Council had planned $100,000 in road improvements with the money received from the Federal government, and if this money was not forthcoming, the Council roads in the Ryde Council district would not be upgraded.

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"I urge that you take into account the importance of these road works in the safety and well being of local residents, and ensure that Ryde Council are not cut short of funding", Philip Ruddock said.

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