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Town welcomes regional funds

Posted on: Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 11:22:35 AM

The commitment to significant regional funding programs in the 2017/18 Federal budget has been welcomed by the Town of Port Hedland.

Town officers will now assess new funding programs like the $472 million Regional Growth Fund to determine whether proposed Port Hedland projects can be funded through this stream.

The continuation of the Building Better Regions Fund also presents the opportunity to seek funding for community facilities in the Town.

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said he was pleased that the budget had a focus on funding regional projects and responding to the Productivity Commission’s Transitioning Regional Economies report.

“Local Government is reliant on Federal Government funding to build the infrastructure we need, whether it be sporting facilities, roads or public buildings,” Cr said.

“A number of our community facilities are reaching the end of their lives, so having access to funding programs like Building Better Regions helps us to replace these facilities,” he said.

“Town officers will be preparing projects plans and business cases so that when these funding programs open we can make a very strong case for our needs.”

The Town will continue to assess regional funding programs, particularly for roads and other economic infrastructure to enhance growth prospects for the local economy.

Hopes for cashless welfare trial

An extra two sites for the cashless welfare card program funded in the budget have given hope that Port Hedland may be considered for the program.

“Cashless welfare is a Federal program and it will be up to the Government which towns will be the new trial sites,” Cr Blanco said.

“I know that a number of other towns have been lobbying for the introduction of the card in their areas and Port Hedland put forward a very strong case and had a good hearing from the Minister.

“I am hopeful that Port Hedland is one of the chosen sites but time will tell.”

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