$10.3 million grant to council

New payments to Gosford Council are being made under the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme.

he Federal Government is providing $2.3 billion to local councils nationwide in 2014-15 alone, including $715.7 million to NSW councils. Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks has confirmed that this amount includes more than $10.3 million this financial year to Gosford Council. A first quarterly payment for 2014-15 has now been made. “I’ve been listening to residents and businesses in suburbs including Umina, Kariong, Empire Bay and Point Clare recently, and one of the key issues they raise has been a need for better infrastructure, such as local roads”, Ms Wicks said. “I’m delighted that the Government has delivered on this $10.3 million in grant funding to help Gosford City Council build projects to make the Central Coast thrive. “Councils are free to spend this untied grant funding according to local priorities, including for infrastructure, health, recreation, environment, employment, and roads projects. “I am looking forward to seeing our local council target local priorities with this funding, along with additional funding provided by the Federal Government under the Roads to Recovery, Black Spot and Bridges Renewal programmes. “We will deliver a further $9.3 billion to Local Governments from 2014- 15 to 2018-19 through the Financial Assistant Grants programme to deliver services and build community infrastructure,” Ms Wicks said.

Media release,
18 Aug 2014
Tim Sowden, office of
Lucy Wicks MP