Council to highlight financial grants case

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HORSHAM Rural City Council will write to the federal government to outline the importance of Financial Assistance Grants.
Nanjing Night Net

It comes after council received a letter from Australian Local Government Association chairman Troy Pickard and Municipal Association of Victoria president Bill McArthur about the issue.

The letter said the groups’ campaign to maintain the grants was gathering momentum.

The government moved last year to freeze indexation on the grants for three years.

The two associations estimate the freeze will cost councils across Australia $925 million by 2017-18, and theywant the government to reverse the decision.

The letter asked councils to pass a resolution acknowledging the grants’ importance in helping councils deliver essential community services.Horsham councillors agreed unanimously.

The letter stated while the grants were paid through each state’sLocal Government Grants Commission, the funding was federal money.

The groups asked councils to ensurefunding was identified as federal grant money in any council publications and reports to help push the campaign.

Horsham councillors voted to do this.

Councillor Heather Phillips said the grants were critical.

“We get $598.70 per head for recurrent grants, but we spend around $2094 per head,” she said.

“We get about our quarter of our local spend from theFinancial Assistance Grants scheme–we could not run the municipality without them.”

Council will write to Deputy Prime Minister and Regional Development MinisterWarren Truss to highlight its plight.

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