Continued financial assistance on its way to Pearce

Continued financial assistance on its way to Pearce

The Coalition Government’s commitment of over $26 million to the electorate of Pearce over 2015-16 is progressing with the second quarterly payment under the Financial Assistance Grants programme of $3,256,994 on its way.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said that these payments are a core revenue stream received by local governments to ensure a reasonable level of service and infrastructure.

“These grants are extremely important as they are untied which means that they can used for councils’ services, facilities and infrastructure that the community deems to be most important,” Mr Porter said.

“Local councils are in the best position to determine the relative need of their communities, which is why it’s so important that local councils can determine how this funding will be used in the community at a grass roots level, without interference from Canberra.

“Quarterly payments provide a vital cash injection to continue to meet local needs and build upon already ongoing improvements.

“This funding allows the local governments in the Pearce electorate the flexibility to spend the money according to local priorities, which not only builds vital infrastructure but also supports local businesses and create jobs in our community.”

Councils in Pearce will receive the following Financial Assistance Grants funding:

Council                      2nd Qtr Payment           Total Cash Payment for 2015-16
City of Swan                $610,534                               $5,043,284
City of Wanneroo       $760,406                              $6,221,019
Shire of Beverley        $162,576                               $,303,679
Shire of Chittering     $152,239                               $1,195,385
Shire of Gingin           $204,816                               $1,710,430
Shire of Kalamunda  $327,857                                $2,517,631
Shire of Mundaring   $271,919                                $2,543,261
Shire of Northam       $415,656                               $3,357,711
Shire of Toodyay        $178,153                                $1,471,482
Shire of York               $172,839                               $1,433,711

Funding under the Financial Assistance Grants programme is typically used for local roads maintenance and renewal, and to provide community facilities and services such as playgrounds, libraries and kindergartens.

Full details of Financial Assistance Grants allocations to councils are available online at www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx.