Craig Warhurst

$4m Gympie gift: Albanese

GYMPIE Regional Council will this week receive its first quarterly payment of $4 million in federal financial assistance grants.

The funds were announced yesterday by Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese.

The council had already received $948,907 in general purpose funding and $379,236 to spend on roads when an instalment of financial assistance grants was brought forward to June.

All up, Queensland councils will receive record funding of more than $378 million in financial assistance grants in 2009-10.

This funding is the equivalent of more than $90 for every Queensland resident.

The government brought forward more than $94 million of this funding to June to help Queensland councils deal with the effects of the global recession.

The grant is untied so the councils can spend these funds on local priorities such as roads, parks, pools, libraries, community centres, waste, the environment and other services.

Queensland Local Government Association president Paul Bell said the grants would go towards keeping rural and regional councils afloat.

The grants are in addition to the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure program and Roads to Recovery.

Gympie Times


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