The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its election promise to boost funding for local government to deliver better infrastructure in remote Aboriginal communities.
The Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy today announced grant applications are open for the new $5 million Strategic Local Government Infrastructure Fund for regional and shire councils to improve community infrastructure.
“The Territory Labor Government promised to increase the capacity of councils to deliver better infrastructure to communities right across the Territory and this $5 million Fund will do just that,” Mr McCarthy said.
“Local government is vital to drive jobs and grow the economy in regional and remote areas – it is the most stable platform for long-term employment and skills development in remote parts of the Territory, while delivering important services for their communities.”
The Strategic Local Government Infrastructure Fund will support regional and shire councils, who have a very low rating base compared to their municipal counterparts, to deliver key infrastructure projects and conduct much needed repairs and maintenance.
The grants can be used for establishing and upgrading playgrounds, sporting facilities and cemetery infrastructure; re-sealing internal community roads; improving storm water and waste management; purchasing plant and equipment; repairs and maintenance of council offices and staff accommodation; and for other facilities such as swimming pools.
Mr McCarthy said Government is supporting councils to deliver critical services for growing regional and remote populations.
“We are supporting councils to strengthen communities by supporting the improvement of basic infrastructure,” Mr McCarthy said.
“I encourage eligible councils to apply for the funding to increase their capacity to improve the quality and safety of assets and to work with other councils for common solutions to shared problems, including regional strategies across council areas.”
Councils can apply to combine government and non-government funding to deliver these infrastructure projects.
“Communities will greatly benefit from the opportunities this $5 million Fund will create, on top of the increase we made to the Special Purpose Grant funding for councils earlier this year,” Mr McCarthy said.
Both funds are on-going and demonstrate the Territory Labor Government’s commitment to support local government to deliver essential infrastructure across the Territory.
Applications close on Friday 10 November 2017.
For more information visit https://dhcd.nt.gov.au/our-services/local-government-funding/strategic-local-government-infrastructu...