In response to a letter to the editor from Bernie McComb that appeared in the December 2 edition of your paper, entitled Federal fumbling, I wanted to make it clear that Bass Coast Shire Council received its fair share of funding, $1.394 million, in the Financial Assistance Grant program, as did every other council.
This is a quarterly figure, with the Bass Coast Shire Council receiving $5.575million a year through the Financial Assistance Grant program.
It is important to note that these funding allocations are driven by population, so areas with larger populations will obviously receive greater funding.
The City of Casey has a population nearly 10 times that of the Bass Coast Shire, so understandably they receive a greater proportion of funding through the Financial Assistance Grant program.
As well as funding received through the Financial Assistance Grant program, in 2014-15 Bass Coast Shire Council received $664,642 in Roads to Recovery funding, which will double to $1.3million next year, and $643,000 through the Black Spot program.
Local governments are also eligible to apply for the Coalition’s new $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.
Greg Hunt, Federal Member for Flinders