A CUT to funds expected from the federal government has arrived as a bitter blow to council.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council revealed last week federal funding expected to arrive this year would be cut by a whopping $200,000, and general manager Tony Hayward was clearly disappointed when he made the announcement at last week’s council meeting.
However he planned to fight for more funding, he said.
Slower population growth than predicted was cited as the main reason for the lower final amount as the grants are partially based on the number of residents in the area.
Council expects to receive $8,895,252 from the federal government through the Financial Assistance Grants scheme this year, $200,000 less than expected.
“The federal assistance grant funding has been cut by $200,000 … the funds were based on population projections and CPI,” Mr Hayward said.
In response to the news, Mr Hayward recommended council ask the Local Government Association – an organisation which fights for federal funds on behalf of local Councils – to push for more money to be sent to the Hastings.
Mr Hayward suggested the LGA lobby the federal government for councils to have direct access to revenue from personal income tax.
“Councils are having difficulty finding ways to apply to the federal government,” he said.
The Port News asked Mr Hayward which projects will suffer funding cuts as a result of the lost grant funding.
Mr Hayward did not respond to the Port News enquiries by our production deadline.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council general manager Tony Hayward
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