Benalla Rural City Council has written to the Prime Minister, Treasurer and Federal Member for Indi asking that it not abolish indexation of grants which was announced in the Federal Budget.LIBBY PRICE July 16, 2014 7:00am
Benalla Rural City Council has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey and Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan asking for the restoration of the indexation of financial assistance grants, which was cut in the federal budget.
The council voted unanimously to join the campaign of the Australian Local Government Association to lobby the Federal Government to reverse its decision to freeze the indexation of Local Government Financial Assistance Grants for three years until 2018.
Benalla Rural City Council chief executive officer Tony McIlroy told last week’s council meeting the freeze would cost the council $360
Councillor Suzy Martin said the funding was essential.
‘‘This is not an insignificant amount of money .
Councillor Peter Davis agreed.
‘‘We need to be quite prudent and seriously look at the Federal Government’s cost shifting for us to pick up the burden, and look at everything government cost-shifts.’’
Mayor Barbara Alexander said the funding freeze was fiercely debated at the recent Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly in Canberra.
‘‘It’s horrendous and came out of the blue,’’ she said.
‘‘Rural councils lack the critical mass, and capping funds will mean we will never catch up and we’ll be behind by 12 per cent in three years.
‘‘It raised the roof at the national conference and hopefully other councils will join as we need to keep up the fight.’’
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
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Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
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