$11 million to help Western Sydney councils improve local communities

Monday, 23 November 2015

Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne has announced that councils in Western and South-West Sydney will receive second quarter payments totalling almost $11 million in untied funding for community infrastructure and services.

In 2015-16 the Australian Government will provide almost $44 million to a number of councils in the region, as part of a national package of $2.3 billion for local governments under the Financial Assistance Grant programme. This includes $1.1 billion that was paid early on 30 June 2015.

Senator Payne said the councils have the flexibility to spend the money according to local priorities, which not only build vital infrastructure but also support local businesses and create jobs in our community.

“The Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme gives councils in Western and South-West Sydney the flexibility to invest in projects that will meet the needs of local residents, business owners and community organisations,” Senator Payne said.

“I look forward to working with these councils as they continue to improve their local communities and provide the fundamental services residents deserve.”

The councils include Penrith, Blacktown and Parramatta in the West and Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool and Fairfield in the South-West

Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher said Councils are free to spend this money in the way they judge best meets the need of their community.

“The Turnbull Government believes that Canberra doesn’t always know best,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The Councillors and management of a local council know what their community’s priorities are.

“These funds will be allocated for many different purposes by different councils – roads, kindergartens, libraries, infrastructure and many other priorities.”

More information about the Financial Assistance Grant programme, including funding being made to individual local governing bodies, is online at: www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx.