Commonwealth must honour its promise to the Devonport community

Published on 21 April 2017

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Devonport City Council has urged 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 Steve Martin said the funds have played an important role in Devonport City Council’s ability to provide vital services and infrastructure for its community.

“The untied FAGs are an important part of our revenue base, allowing us to maintain Council services to the Devonport community” Mayor Martin said.

“The Commonwealth’s decision in the 2014 Federal Budget to freeze indexation of this valued funding means Devonport City 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 Devonport City Council implores them to keep this promise.

“Politicians in Canberra must restore indexation of FAGs so that Council can meet our community's demand for services and provide the level and quality of service they deserve.”

Devonport City 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. More information about the campaign is available at media.endthefreeze.com

 

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Media Enquiries:
Karina Moore, Media & Communication Officer
03 6424 0562 / 0407 506 840
kmoore@devonport.tas.gov.au