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Restore indexation: Berrigan council

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March 29, 2017

Berrigan Shire Council is calling for the Federal Government to stop index freezing on a federal grant scheme.

Berrigan Shire Council is urging the Federal Government to honour its promise to restore indexation to the local government Financial Assistance Grants payments in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.

Mayor Matthew Hannan said the funds played an important role in helping Berrigan Shire Council provide vital services and infrastructure for the 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,’’ Cr 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.

Cr Hannan said the Federal Government committed to restore indexation in this year’s budget and the council and community would hold it to its 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,’’ he said.

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.

●More information about the campaign is available at: media.endthefreeze.com

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