Berrigan Shire Council urges the Australian Government to honour its promise to restore indexation to the local government Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) payments in the upcoming 2017-18 Federal Budget.
Mayor Matthew Hannan said the funds have played an important role in helping Berrigan Shire Council provide vital services and infrastructure for the Berrigan Shire Council community.
“The untied FAGs are an important part of our revenue base, allowing us to provide and maintain the shire’s local community infrastructure such as the town entrance and main street beautification programs in Finley and Tocumwal and the ongoing provision of shade sails over children’s playgrounds” Mayor Hannan said.
“The Commonwealth’s decision in the 2014 Federal Budget to freeze indexation of this valued funding means Berrigan Shire Council has received a reduced level of FAGs for the past three years, putting a noticeable dent in our cash flow and impacting on the services we’re able to provide to our community.
“The Australian Government committed to restore indexation in this year’s Federal Budget and the Berrigan Shire Council and community will hold them to their promise.
“Politicians in Canberra must restore indexation of FAGs so that Berrigan Shire Council can meet our community's demand for services and provide the level and quality of service that they deserve.”
Berrigan Shire Council has joined other councils nationwide on a campaign to ensure the Federal Government honours its promise to restore indexation to FAGs in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.
Email the minister via this link: media.endthefreeze.com