Cabonne Council has received $1.1 million in funding from the Australian Commonwealth Government, under a total of $8.7 million that was granted to Calare.
The Australian Government has provided over $46 billion to local governments under the annual Financial Assistance Grant program since 1975. The scheme helps local governments deliver on facilities, services and infrastructure priorities and keep small towns and villages alive.
There are two components of the grant: the first is a general purpose component distributed between states and territories according to population. The second is an identified local road component distributed between states and territories according to fixed historical shares. The funding is untied allowing Councils to spend grants on local priorities.
“Local governments play a pivotal role in bringing communities together and producing local solutions to local problems,” Federal MP John Cobb said.
Cabonne Mayor Michael Hayes also welcomed the announcement of this year’s grant for Cabonne, saying “it is a vital income component that enables Council to implement services throughout the Shire.”