Federal funding boost for councils in Hunter

Sep 3, 2021 | Media Releases 2021

More than $4 million has been received by local governments in the electorate of Hunter with the first 2021-22 quarterly payment through the Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grant program.  

Senator for New South Wales Perin Davey said the funding was ‘untied’, meaning that the councils could spend the grant according to their own local priorities.

“Local governments play a vital role across regional NSW – not just delivering local services, but also much more than that,” Senator Davey said.

“They provide a sense of community within our regions, particularly during hard times such as these.

“Councils are at the forefront of the Federal Government’s economic stimulus packages and they are playing a critical role in helping their communities through COVID-19.”

Councils in Hunter will receive the following quarterly payment:

Council Name1st Qtr Payment Aug 2021
Cessnock City Council$994,443
Lake Macquarie City Council$2,180,474
Muswellbrook Shire Council$506,604
Singleton Council$536,831

Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said a total of $2.7 billion in untied Federal funding was allocated for local governments in 2021–22.

“The Federal Government prepaid around half of the allocated funding in June 2021, the remainder will be paid through these quarterly payments across the year,” Mr Hogan said.

“We know the early payment is a valued support to councils, particularly in regions that have faced the combined impacts of bushfire, drought, floods and COVID-19.”

“Across the nation, local governments employ around 194,000 people and deliver a wide range of services in the cities, regional towns and remote areas of Australia.  This support will continue to bolster Australia’s economic recovery.”

Since 1974–75, the Australian Government has provided local governments with almost $60 billion in untied funding through the Financial Assistance Grants program.

For more information, visit https://www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx