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Territory snubbed by National Stronger Regions Fund

LGANT Press Release 10th December 2015

“It is extremely disappointing that Northern Territory submissions were overlooked in the second round of the Commonwealth’s National Stronger Regions Fund,” says LGANT President Damien Ryan.

“Details of successful second round applicants were released this week and despite several excellent submissions from across the Northern Territory, none received funding.

“Nationally, 111 programs were funded under Round Two, with more than $293 million distributed. In excess of $500 million has been allocated over the first two rounds from the $1 billion grants pool.

“The National Stronger Regions Fund is open to local government and not-for-profit organisations and provides cash for new infrastructure projects or the upgrade of existing facilities. Grantsbetween $20,000 and $10 million and the Commonwealth’s funding must be matched on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.

“The fund unashamedly promotes investment in the regions, improved economic activity and jobs, which beggars the question – why did the Northern Territory miss out? 

“Out of more than 160 grants distributed in the first two rounds so far only one – the Parap swimming pool redevelopment – is in the Territory.

“This is inconsistent with the Commonwealth’s broader commitment to develop Australia’s north and at odds with its focus on regional development. It also ignores the obvious need for new infrastructure across the Territory.

“I have written to the Minister responsible, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, expressing my disappointment at the Territory’s exclusion from the fund so far and seeking an explanation on why local projects have missed out.”