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Council calls for stronger Federal investment in financial assistance grants to deliver more for our community

Publish Date 15/05/2019

Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer has called for stronger Federal investment in financial assistance grants, tabling a Mayoral Minute last night to formalise support for the Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) campaign for fair funding for Councils.

Introducing the minute, Mayor Ryan Palmer said financial assistance grants are critical in Councils across the country being able to deliver quality services and infrastructure to the community:

“Local Government looks after a great deal of infrastructure – 33% to be exact – with only 3% of total public sector tax receipts. In spite of this, our community’s demands for better services and their growing expectations of what Council can deliver will only continue.

“We are concerned with the continued decline in value of financial assistance grants. Some time ago, financial assistance grants equated to around 1% of Commonwealth Taxation Revenue and now we’re receiving around half of that at 0.55%. These grants are essential for many Councils, particularly many in regional and remote areas with limited access to alternate revenue sources.

“We need fairer funding from the Federal Government to enable Councils to grow with our communities. That’s why this Council is proud to support ALGA’s campaign ahead of this weekend’s Federal election,” Mayor Palmer said.

Council is calling on all local candidates in the Federal election to support a fairer share of federal funding for the Port Stephens community.