Council to get $850,000 in financial assistance

COFFS Harbour City Council will receive almost $850,000 in untied federal funds this week.

A total of $3.66million in Federal Government grants will be paid to North Coast councils including Coffs Harbour, Clarence Valley, Bellingen, Kempsey and Nambucca.

The funds are part of $29,510,019 in Australian Government Financial Assistance Grants paid to North Coast councils this financial year, including advance payments paid in June, a first quarterly payment paid in August and this week's second quarterly payment.

The grants are untied, meaning they can be used by councils for local priorities such as infrastructure, health, recreation, environment, employment or road projects.

Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the grants were established to ease some of the financial stress faced by local councils.

"We are acutely aware, given recent reports, that many councils are struggling to cover the costs of providing critical services and infrastructure in regional areas such as ours," he said.

"These Financial Assistance Grants are designed to assist with shouldering some of this financial burden.

"This is about empowering local communities to address local priorities, because they are at the coalface and know exactly what projects require funding."

In addition to the grants program, the Australian Government supports councils through Roads to Recovery, the Black Spot Program and the Bridges Renewal Program.

THE FUNDS

Financial Assistance Grants paid to Coffs Harbour City Council

Total 2015-16: $6,862,264

Advance payment:

$3,471,977

Second quarter:

$847,572



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