Councils in Tasmania receive funds for local priorities

The Coalition Government has made the first quarterly payment of more than $9.5 million to local councils in Tasmania under the 2018-19 Financial Assistance Grant Program.

Nationals Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said local councils in the State can use the grants to fund projects like upgrading local roads.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the program was a prime example of the Coalition Government’s commitment to supporting the efforts of local government to deliver the services and facilities their communities need.

“Under the program, the Government is providing local governments with a total of $2.4 billion in untied grants in 2018-19,” Dr McVeigh said. “Councils are free to spend this untied funding based on their own local priorities including the infrastructure and services their community need.

“I am looking forward to seeing our local councils target local priorities with this funding, along with additional funding provided by the Coalition Government under the Roads to Recovery, Black Spot and Bridges Renewal programs.”

Full details of the allocations to councils under the Financial Assistance Grant Program are available online at regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx