Richmond MP Justine Elliot.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot. supplied

Tweed Council gets $600,000 for shovel ready projects

TWEED Shire Council has been given $613,184 in federal funding.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot said it was targeted for important community infrastructure.

"Good community infrastructure will cater for our growing community and make it a better place to live," she said.

"This funding can be used to build and renew community infrastructure like sporting facilities, libraries, town halls, playgrounds and essential community services such as child care facilities.

"Importantly it will go towards shovel-ready projects that will allow Tweed Shire Council to generate new economic activity and jobs, while delivering infrastructure now and for the future."

This week the Federal Government announced it will provide $150 million to be shared between all local councils and shires across Australia to help build and renew community infrastructure.

Councils and shires will share this funding based on the current distribution of the Financial Assistance Grants.

"The new funding announced by the Federal Government this week comes on top of the $2 billion we provide annually to local government through Financial Assistance Grants, the $350 million annually for local roads through the Roads to Recovery program and the $1 billion we've provided since 2007 for community infrastructure projects through the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program," Mrs Elliot said.

Guidelines for this funding round will be up on the Department of Regional Australia website this Friday.

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