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Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP

Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Wednesday 19 November 2008

More assistance for councils in Eden-Monaro

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly AM MP welcomed news that local councils are set to share in $466 million of immediate assistance.

Dr Kelly said this is the second instalment of financial assistance grants this year and the highest levels of funding to local councils from a federal government ever.

Councils in Eden-Monaro will receive $7,029,026, including:

• Bega Valley $1,474,506 • Bombala $365,591

• Cooma-Monaro $750,167 • Eurobodalla $1,406,470 • Palerang $616,220

• Queanbeyan $723,336 • Snowy River $636,988 • Tumbarumba $383,718 • Tumut $672,030

The first quarterly instalment was delivered to councils in August 2008 where the Government delivered over $28 million to local councils in Eden-Monaro, including:

• Bega Valley $5,898,023 • Bombala $1,462,362

• Cooma-Monaro $3,000,667 • Eurobodalla $5,625,878 • Palerang $2,464,880

• Queanbeyan $2,893,344 • Snowy River $2,547,950 • Tumbarumba $1,534,870 • Tumut $2,688,118

Dr Kelly said; “The Rudd Labor Government is determined to work with councils to make sure local residents get the best possible services. Local residents expect good roads, decent libraries, well-maintained parks and pools, regular garbage pick-ups, and high quality child care and other services.

“These Government grants are untied and can be spent by councils and shires on local priorities.

“It’s important to remember that this funding is on top of the money available to councils from the Roads to Recovery program, the money already paid under the Financial Assistance Grants and funding to come for projects under the Better Regions, National Remote and Rural Infrastructure Program and the Local Community Infrastructure Fund.

“The Government also recognises that rural and regional communities are under particular financial pressure due to higher service delivery costs and difficulties raising revenue. That’s why around two-thirds of our grants will go to councils and shires serving these areas of Australia.

“The Rudd Labor Government wants local government to be at the heart of its nation-building agenda. The cornerstones of this new partnership will be a seat at the national policy-making table for local government.

“Yesterday this new partnership was put into practice when the nation’s mayors and shire presidents gathered in Canberra for the inaugural meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government.

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

“This will allow for the first time a direct, regular dialogue between the Commonwealth and local communities on issues of national significance, including the provision of economic and community infrastructure.

“This announcement shows a commitment to getting things done and ending the blame game”, said Dr Kelly.

Media contact: Evan Langdon 0447 694 201 or evan.langdon@aph.gov.au