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Council grants in stimulus package should be open to all: Greens.



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COUNCIL GRANTS IN STIMULUS PACKAGE SHOULD BE OPEN TO ALL - GREENS

Media Release | Spokesperson Bob Brown Thursday 5th February 2009, 2:29pm

Worried local councils are contacting the Australian Greens, concerned that they are

ineligible for additional government funding made available in the stimulus package,

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

In November the government allocated $300 million for the regional and local infrastructure

program, $50 million of which was open to competitive tendering from local councils.

"Only councils which submitted applications for federal government funding announced last

year are eligible to apply for the additional $500 million made available in the new stimulus

package," Senator Brown said.

The updated Economic and Fiscal Outlook which outlines the details of this stimulus package

states:

"This measure will allow a greater number of projects to be funded from the current

applications." (page 69)

"Many smaller councils found it difficult to apply last year, because of constraints such as

due the short deadline for applications and the requirement that projects start within six

months," Senator Brown said.

"It appears that, if a council didn't get their application into the first round, they miss out on

the extra funding. There is no reason the tender process should not be re-opened to include all

local councils."

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