Griffith Mayor Welcomes Federal Budget

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Griffith Mayor Welcomes Federal Budget Griffith Mayor, Councillor John Dal Broi has welcomed the 2021/2022 Federal Budget which was handed down last week, saying regional Australian areas such as Griffith came out winners.

“Going through the budget documents, I could see the Federal Government had invested heavily in rural and regional NSW through, which will see much needed infrastructure get off the ground or be repaired,” said Councillor Dal Broi.

“We have been fortunate over the years – noting the Federal Government has allocated an extra $256 million on local projects in Farrer since the 2019 election including $40,005,334 exclusively in the Griffith Council area.

“This coming year will see $1 billion to extend the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program which will see an additional $2,061,282 for Griffith City Council taking the total three phases of funding to $4,489,524 – a massive boost for our road network,” he said.

Some notable additions to the 2021/2022 Federal Budget for the region include:
  • $1.6m for Murrumbidgee Avenue / Thorne Road works
  • $202k for Kidman Way Intersection upgrade at Jack McWilliam Drive, Hanwood  
  • $4.1m in 2021/22 towards  the Griffith Pioneer Housing Project
  • $4.2m in 2021/22 towards Griffith Regional Sports Precinct
  • $1.04m North of McCormack Rd to better protect homes at Yoogali 
  • $1.2m Hanwood Stormwater Pump – to stop water flowing back from drains
  • $2.53m in Roads to Recovery funding for 2021 inc New Farms Rd to Dickie Rd, Brown Road, Dalton Rd, Whitton Stock Route, Joncondon Rd, Jones Rd & Lakes Rd
  • $4.4 million of funding towards Yoogali intersection through the Australian Government Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program
  • $4.6m in Fixing Local Roads (with NSW) – Barber Road (pictured) upgrade & seal
  • $10m on Burley Griffin Way, from the new Yoogali intersection through to the Hume Freeway turnoff
  • The tax-free Cashflow boost has helped around 6,600 small and medium businesses (3000+ in Griffith) providing $262 million in payments to help businesses in Farrer to stay afloat
  • Around 66,900 taxpayers in Farrer (10,000+ in Griffith) will benefit from tax relief of up to $2,745 this year. This is a result of our decision to extend the low and middle income tax offset to 2021-22 and the decision to bring forward Stage 2 of the Government’s tax relief plan
  • Additionally, around 5,500 businesses in Farrer will be able to use the extended loss carry back measure to support cash flow and confidence. This has helped businesses invest more in the local economy and to create local jobs.
Other spending of interest to the area
  • Rural Financial Counselling funding over the next four years including $10m for Southern-Western NSW
  • Aged Care
    • $630.2 million to improve access to quality aged care services for consumers in regional areas
    • $13.4 million to establish regional offices to improve advice to Government
    • $6.5 billion to release 80,000 additional home care packages
    • $3.9 billion to increase the amount of front-line care (care minutes) delivered to 240,000 aged care residents and 67,000 who access respite services - This will be mandated at 200 minutes per day, including 40 minutes with a registered nurse
    • $216.7 million to grow and upskill the workforce and enhance nurse leadership and clinical skills
  • An additional $250 million for a sixth round of the successful Building Better Regions Fund
  • $28.2 million for the Stronger Communities Programme – funding $2,500 and $20,000 for small capital projects that deliver social benefits for local communities across Australia.
  • $114m telehealth services extension till at least the end of the year – there has been 276,157 telehealth consultations in Farrer through Medicare since the start of the pandemic and these services are now being extended.
  • $130.4m Regional Connectivity Program - extra funding for expanding mobile phone and wireless connectivity across the country.

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