COOBER PEDY News & Events


300 Million in New Program Funding for Regions (funding allocations listed)

On 16th November 2008 Mayor Steve Baines of Coober Pedy visited Canberra and Adelaide meeting with Federal and State Ministers.

Mayor Steve Baines visiting Coober Pedy Area School

Mayor Steve Baines visiting Coober Pedy Area School

Mayor Baines, along with  Regional Mayors from across the country  represented their towns at the inaugural meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government at Parliament House Canberra.

An Australian Council of Local Government has been formed in an attempt to forge a new cooperative engagement between the Commonwealth and Local Governments and give Local and Districts Councils the opportunity to voice issues of a local nature including local infrastructure funding.

Further to the inaugural meeting, on 18 November 2008, the Australian Government announced that it would be making available $300 million to local government to stimulate growth and economic activity across Australia and support national productivity and community well-being.

One-off funding of $250 million in 2008-09 is being provided to local councils under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

Additionally, under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects, up to $50 million will be available to local government in 2008-09.

Final guidelines for both components of the Program will be released this week after consultation with local government.

Please be advised that councils and shires will be required to meet these guidelines in order to receive their share of the $250 million component. Please be advised that councils will need to meet guidelines and go through a competitive process in order to have projects selected for funding under the $50 million component.

This $300 million funding will be delivered as follows:

$250 million

A one-off grant of $250 million allocated across councils and shires for local community infrastructure. Each council will receive a minimum payment of $100,000.

Councils above 30,000 people in areas of high growth, as classified by local government grants commissions in each state and territory will receive an additional $300,000 growth component

Allocations would range from $100,000 for councils with fewer than 5,000 people to $2.9 million for the largest council, based on population growth and needs.

Councils would be required to submit proposals that meet the program guidelines in order to claim their allocation $50 million.

$50 million strategic projects fund for larger-scale community infrastructure to help deliver an additional injection of investment in communities; and this will be competitive, application-based, accountable and open only to those projects seeking a minimum Commonwealth contribution of $2 million.

South Australia Total $19,531,000

Adelaide (C) $151,000
Adelaide Hills $509,000
Alexandrina $160,000
Anangu Pitjantjatjara $100,000
Barossa $160,000
Barunga West (DC) $100,000
Berri and Barmera $371,000
Burnside (C) $220,000
Campbelltown (C) $232,000
Ceduna (DC) $100,000
Charles Sturt (C) $386,000
Clare and Gilbert Valleys $147,000
Cleve (DC) $100,000
Coober Pedy (DC) $100,000
Coorong (DC) $383,000
Copper Coast (DC) $304,000
Elliston (DC) $100,000
Flinders Ranges $100,000
Franklin Harbour (DC) $100,000
Gawler (M) $229,000
Gerard $100,000
Goyder $100,000
Grant (DC) $214,000
Holdfast Bay (C) $196,000
Kangaroo Island $100,000
Karoonda-East Murray (DC) $100,000
Kimba (DC) $100,000
Kingston (DC) $100,000
Light $136,000
Lower Eyre Peninsula (DC) $100,000
Loxton Waikerie (DC) $474,000
Mallala (DC) $220,000
Maralinga $100,000
Marion (C) $325,000
Mid Murray $460,000
Mitcham (C) $277,000
Mount Barker (DC) $184,000
Mount Gambier (C) $313,000
Mount Remarkable (DC) $100,000
Murray Bridge $485,000
Naracoorte Lucindale $333,000
Nepabunna $100,000
Northern Areas $100,000
Norwood Payneham and St Peters (C) $197,000
Onkaparinga $1,345,000
Orroroo/Carrieton (DC) $100,000
Outback Areas Community Developm’t Trust $100,000
Peterborough (DC) $100,000
Playford (C) $1,560,000
Port Adelaide Enfield (C) $395,000
Port Augusta (C) $535,000
Port Lincoln (C) $207,000
Port Pirie $635,000
Prospect (C) $156,000
Renmark Paringa (DC) $374,000
Robe (DC) $100,000
Roxby Downs (M) $100,000
Salisbury (C) $1,313,000
Southern Mallee (DC) $100,000
Streaky Bay (DC) $100,000
Tatiara (DC) $326,000
Tea Tree Gully (C) $372,000
Tumby Bay (DC) $100,000
Unley (C) $204,000
Victor Harbor (C) $135,000
Wakefield $272,000
Walkerville (M) $120,000
Wattle Range $278,000
West Torrens (C) $250,000
Whyalla (C) $731,000
Wudinna (DC) $100,000
Yalata $100,000
Yankalilla (DC) $100,000
Yorke Peninsula (DC) $257,000  

(Photo: Coober Pedy Regional Times)