Central Coast Council received less than the state average for untied federal government assistance grants in 2016-2017.
The Coast was 96th on the list of 131 NSW councils and received a per capita payment of $59.91 from the federal government.
This was below the State average of $66.55.
But we did better than our comparable urban fringe council Campbelltown which was 99th on the list and received $49.59 per capita.
On federal funds tied to roadworks, we fared better.
The Coast at number 39 received $2088.30 per kilometre.
The State average was $1391.88 per kilometre.
This information, a mere four years’ old, was tabled in Federal Parliament last week.
Why so late, when it was signed off in March 2020 by the head of the department – a year ago?
Blame Covid. The Department has. It took longer to print than normal.
Is it still relevant, I asked, so many years later?
“The report is recognised as an important source of information for those working in the sector and for researchers and others wishing to better understand how local government operates in Australia,” a departmental spokesperson said.
Anyway, what’s in this 240 page report?
# Local governments’ total tax revenues amounted to 3.6 percent of all taxes raised across all spheres of government in Australia.
Was it worth reading?
Umm. Probably not.
But it will be worth checking against next year’s report…..
There was nowhere in the fine print that said it should take four years to table, only that it is a requirement of the Act that an annual report be prepared for federal parliament.