Queensland’s Indigenous councils will be better placed to deliver general and essential public services for their communities, sharing in more than $41.2 million from three Palaszczuk Government grants.
Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe said the annual State Government Financial Aid (SGFA) program had been increased by more than $880,000 in 2020-21 to help the 16 councils continue to operate.
“These councils aren’t in a position to raise revenue through rates, so the SGFA plays a vital role in helping them meet the cost of delivering Local Government services to their communities,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“This program will see almost $36.3 million for services such as transport and communication, health, recreation and culture, public order and safety, education and public amenities.
“The funding also helps councils build towards stronger financial sustainability.
“Economies across the world have been dealt a blow by the pandemic and our Indigenous communities and councils are no different.
“A further $1.44 million will be shared among 15 councils through the Indigenous Economic Development Grant (IEDG), to improve opportunities and maintain jobs in local government.
“This grant gives council employees certainty in their positions, as well as having a positive impact on the lives of their families.
“As well, the $3.525 million Revenue Replacement Program (RRP) will assist nine councils that gave up profitable general liquor licences.
“The health and wellbeing of the communities is a paramount concern and this program acknowledges those councils that have taken a positive step towards alcohol reduction.
“These annual funding programs are crucial to ensure council operations continue, and demonstrate the Queensland Government’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous communities through the delivery of essential services, job creation and community growth.
“They allow councils to keep their communities moving forward as well as helping to maintain jobs in their local workforces.
“The grants also show what can be achieved when both tiers of government work together for the benefit of local communities.”