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Government Broooky Funding??? Mayors told: spend $300m now

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  1. deadlyeagle

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    Mayors told: spend $300m now
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    November 18, 2008 - 1:26PM

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    Councils and Shires will receive a minimum of $100,000 each to repair swimming pools or community centres or upgrade libraries, bus shelters and tourism facilities under the next phase of the Federal Government's spending spree to prevent a recession.

    The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, today said he hoped the $300 million plan would create thousands of jobs for tradespeople and engineers as he urged councils to spend the money "immediately".

    In a speech to the first meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government in Canberra, Mr Rudd said Australia's 565 councils would all get a share of the cash as he promised "a new partnership" between Canberra and the councils.

    A fund of $250 million is to be split between the councils and the money must be spent by September 30 next year.

    Councils with fewer than 5000 people would get $100,000 to spend while those with more than 30,000 residents in areas of high growth would get an extra $300,000. Some councils could receive as much as $2.9 million.

    "We expect this funding to be allocated to new initiatives to repair and build community facilities - initiatives that are over and above those that are already planned for and budgeted for. These initiatives might include upgrades to local sporting grounds, refurbishing a local community centre, or a local swimming pool, upgrading a streetscape, building a tourism information centre or building or repairing an indoor sports centre," Mr Rudd said.

    Councils have been asked to submit proposals that "are ready to go", he said.

    The Local Government Minister, Anthony Albanese, said projects that would be eligible for federal money could include social and cultural infrastructure such as town halls, community centres, libraries, parks, public squares; sport and recreation facilities such as sporting grounds, stadiums, pools, walking tracks and playgrounds; tourism infrastructure such as walkways and tourist information centres; and other facilities such as footbridges, bus shelters, jetties and boat ramps.

    A second fund worth $50 million would allow councils to bid for up to $2 million in federal money for larger-scale community projects such as building a new sports stadium, entertainment precinct or cultural centre.

    "We'll be asking local government to implement a speedy roll-out of infrastructure investment to deliver both immediate economic benefits and long term community benefits," Mr Rudd said.

    "This funding is the next phase of the economic stimulus strategy for the nation, but it is only the beginning. The purpose of this action is to build local infrastructure and to help support local economies and jobs during the global financial crisis."

    Mr Rudd said he expected the $300 million spending plan would "create thousands of jobs for tradespeople, for engineers, for administrators who are in charge of rolling out new infrastructure or repairing existing infrastructure".

    He urged councils to lodge their applications and said there would be no delay from Canberra.

    "By immediate, I mean immediate. Immediate means now. It's ready to go now," he said.

    Mr Rudd, who has just returned to Australia from Washington where he attended the G20 meeting, said stimulating local economies was just as important as boosting the global economy.

    "Just as the G-20 meeting was critical to the future of the global economy, today's meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government is also important to our national economy. You cannot have a strong Australian economy without a healthy global economy. Equally, you can't have a strong national economy if you don't have strong local economies."

    Mr Rudd also announced the Government would spend $8 million to fund a new centre for excellence for local government at a university. He said this would "showcase innovation and best practice across local government and encourage the wider adoption of innovative practices and solutions" for all 565 local authorities.

    "This funding will also contribute to the development of specialist local government leadership programs that will enhance the profile of the sector and contribute to its capability through its workforce," he said.

    Mr Rudd also said he hoped today's meeting of local government representatives would help the Federal Government find the right wording for its promise to include local government in the constitution.


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    Whilst not directly Manly related i can see that this financial crisis might make it easier to obtain a Government grant or an even larger amount from council if the government is so ready a willing to prop up the ecconomy especially considering the emphasis on infnastructure.

    Heres hoping the local councill gets a few extra to spend & that Rudd puts a few into Brookie. But only one thing stand in its way, were only the other side of the bridge and that means were a liberal dominated area. F***ING politics!! read this for an interesting read to what chances we have http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/the-split-bridge-that-divides-sydney/2008/11/14/1226318927525.html
     
  2. DSM5

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    What delicious irony, Manly Council spending up big to upgrade Brookvale from money given by the big time Manly hating, rabbito lover, Albanese.  Can't see it happening however.
     
  3. Guest

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    $300m is s drop in the bucket for councils that have some $15b in work that it constantly being deferred because they don't have the funds. 

    It is a kick in the teeth for small country councils who have huge expenditure on roads, bridges etc but don't have th population to raise enough rates.

    Give us $10m to build a new stand at Brookie rudd you tightarse. 
     
  4. The Wheel

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    I think Rudd has got as much affilation with the NRL as Bob Carr and his pillow biter treasurer (cant think of his name).

    Christina Kirsch probably wants it spent on improved walking tracks, BBQ areas, meeting hall for the Brookvale Valley Community group  & dog play areas around the oval.    :mad:

    Cant see any money coming our way but you never know your luck
     
  5. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    I should also add that there will be some pork barrelling with this money - the Peninsula as a whole will be lucky to see 1 cent of it
     
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    Walking tracks, BBQ's and dog play areas sound like a good use of funds. 
     
  7. eggson

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    I heard that Blacktown got the most at 2million or thereabouts.  The next 'best' was 1.5mil for areas in the west.  I don't think Warringah/Manly would get that much
     
  8. Cameron

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    does her master take her for walks
    surely he doesnt let her off her lead ;)
     
  9. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Nah Cliffy he just puts his cow out in the back yard to graze on the grass
     
  10. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    She's an extremelly cultured woman - 1/2 german, 1/2 shepherd
     
  11. clontaago

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    Nice call
     
  12. eagle_predator

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    I agree with tookey - pay up Rudd if you can spend tax payers hard earned money flying around the world to about 18 different countries in just twelve months than you can help brookie / us ff's.


    I can't stand Banks, Insurance companies, Councils and most of all Governments.
     
  13. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    You must hate Ryan then
     
  14. Guest

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    No he says that Ryan is a good bloke but reckons that wheel bloke is a real banker arsehole
     
  15. eagle_predator

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    I don't hate Ryan mate.
     
  16. Zep

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    this government is like a house wife, always going to be spending somebody elses money.

    The budget should go into deficit to stave off recession but do it by spending on the right stuff. Do not allow 16000 jobs from ABC learning centres to be threatened and bite the bullet and buy ABC learning and its debt at 0.75 to the dollar which the administrators would be welcomed to see. There is always going to be a need for Child Care and with baby bonuses and the lack of control shown by the young ones it will always be strong.

    SPEND every last dime fixing up the water situation and use the Howard method of making all water in Australia under the control of the federal government.

    And remember this people, read the paper that Costello wrote in 03,04 warning the major banks and lenders about exposure to sub prime. I wonder what situation we would have been in if they didn't heed his advice.
     

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