The Logan City Council has received more than 1.6 million dollars from the federal government to spend on priority local matters.
The payment is the first 2021-22 quarterly payment provided to councils in Forde under the Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grant program.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said the funding was “untied,” so councils could spend the grant on local priorities.
“Local governments are vital to building safer and stronger communities,” MP Bert van Manen said.
“They are an important delivery partner for the Federal Government’s economic stimulus packages and play a critical role in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Local councils in Forde would receive the following quarterly payments:
- Logan City Council $1,643,826
- Gold Coast City Council $2,842,782
Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said a total of $2.7 billion in untied Federal funding was allocated for local governments in 2021–22.
“The Federal Government prepaid around half of the allocated funding in June 2021,” he said.
“The remainder will be paid through these quarterly payments across the year.”
Mr Hogan said the support would continue to bolster Australia’s economic recovery.
“We know the early payment is a valued support to councils, particularly in regions that have faced the combined impacts of bushfire, drought, floods and COVID-19,” he said.
“Across the nation, local governments employ around 194,000 people and deliver a wide range of services in the cities, regional towns and remote areas of Australia.”
Since 1974–75, the Australian Government has provided local governments with almost $60 billion in untied funding through the Financial Assistance Grants program.
For more information, visit https://www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx