Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government

Centenary of Canberra — a gift to the national capital

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the Treasury 27.0 25.0 5.0 5.0
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government
Total 27.0 25.0 5.0 5.0

The Government will provide a gift to the ACT Government to commemorate the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, at a cost of $62.0 million over four years.

A contribution will be provided for the redevelopment of Constitution Avenue. This will provide for practical and enduring benefits to the community of Canberra. It will complete the final component of the Parliamentary Triangle.

A further contribution will be provided for the development of the National Arboretum Canberra. This will assist in the completion of this nationally significant project in partnership with the ACT Government.

See also the related expense measure titled Centenary of Canberra — contribution to a joint national program.

Centenary of Canberra — contribution to a joint national program

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the Treasury 2.6 2.0 1.0
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total 2.7 2.2 1.1

The Government will make a contribution of $6.0 million over three years to a joint national program of activities with the ACT Government to celebrate the Centenary of Canberra in 2013. These activities include cultural, sporting and civic awareness events and will engage communities across Australia to celebrate the centenary of the role of Canberra as the nation's capital.

See also the related expense measure titled Centenary of Canberra — a gift to the national capital.

Community Infrastructure Grants — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government

The Government will provide $49.0 million in 2011‑12 under the Community Infrastructure Grants program as a contribution for the following projects:

  • local roads and a timber bridge replacement package for the Greater Taree City Council;
  • the Mid‑North Coast Aviation Plan for business expansion and airport access expansion at Taree, Port Macquarie and Kempsey Airports; and
  • the upgrade of Bucketts Way at Krambach, the main regional road between Gloucester and Taree.

The cost of this measure will be met from within existing resources by redirecting $49.0 million in 2011‑12 from the Regional Development Australia Fund to the Community Infrastructure Grants program.

This measure supports the Government's objectives for regional Australia.

Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government — additional resourcing

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 2.3 17.0 11.3 9.6 9.6

The Government will provide $49.8 million over five years to strengthen the Government's engagement with regional Australia by increasing the resourcing for the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.

This measure includes funding for:

  • ongoing improvement in the management of grant funding programs;
  • improved regional policy development, implementation and evaluation capacity; and
  • implementation of specific policy commitments, including constitutional recognition of local government.

This funding is in addition to the funding provided at the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2010‑11 to establish the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government in line with the Government's Commitment to Regional Australia.

This measure delivers on the Government's 'Commitment to Regional Australia' agreement.

Local government payments — accelerating payments

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 536.6 ‑536.6

The Government will pay the first instalment of the expected 2011‑12 local government financial assistance grants of $536.6 million to local councils in 2010‑11 so they have immediate use of these funds. This will provide local governments with additional flexibility and assist them in responding to the widespread natural disasters in 2010‑11 and other pressures.

MyRegion website — establishment

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 2.0 0.8 0.7 0.7

The Government will provide $4.2 million over four years to establish and maintain an interactive MyRegion website. This website will aim to provide information about regional Australia, including transport infrastructure, health and aged care, education, social services, communications and the environment. The website will enable users to download data for further analysis and will provide them with an opportunity to make enquiries and provide feedback to Government using social media technologies.

This measure delivers on the Government's 'Commitment to Regional Australia' agreement.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — assistance to Queensland local governments

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government
Department of the Treasury 213.6
Total 213.6

The Government will provide $213.6 million in 2010‑11 as part of its response to the natural disasters in Queensland. The funding will assist Queensland local governments in the recovery and rebuilding process and includes:

  • $109.1 million in additional funding for the Brisbane City Council;
  • $60.0 million to assist in the repair and rebuilding of public utilities;
  • $7.5 million to restore local government marine infrastructure in the Cassowary Coast region; and
  • $37.0 million to help rural and regional councils cover the cost of workers necessary for the recovery, repair and rebuilding of local infrastructure.

This includes funding for the cost of a Ferry Terminal Design Competition for Brisbane City.

These funds will be paid as part of the National Partnership Agreement for Natural Disaster Reconstruction and Recovery.

This measure is one of a range of actions taken by the Government to support individuals, businesses and local communities affected by natural disasters in 2010‑11 to recover and rebuild.

Further information can be found in the press releases of 26 February 2011 and 15 April 2011 issued jointly by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Queensland Treasurer and the Deputy Prime Minister and the Queensland Premier, respectively.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — National Disaster Recovery Taskforce and the Reconstruction Inspectorate — establishment

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 1.4 6.9 3.2

The Government will provide $11.5 million over three years to establish the National Disaster Recovery Taskforce and the Reconstruction Inspectorate.

The Reconstruction Inspectorate will oversee reconstruction with a particular focus on high value, complex contracts, to provide assurance that value for money is being achieved in the expenditure of both Commonwealth and state funds during the recovery phase.

The Taskforce will assess spending on recovery and reconstruction to ensure consistency with the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. The Taskforce will work to ensure a strategic approach is taken to reconstruction and recovery efforts, and to leverage effort across government and the private and not‑for‑profit sectors. It will also support the Inspectorate, including by providing secretariat services.

The work of the Taskforce and the Inspectorate will be completed in 2012‑13.

Further information can be found in the press release of 7 February 2011 issued by the Prime Minister.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — Priority Regional Infrastructure Program — reallocation

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government ‑50.0 ‑125.0 ‑125.0 ‑50.0

The Government will reallocate $350.0 million over four years from the Priority Regional Infrastructure Program to support flood recovery efforts in regional Australia. The funding will be allocated under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Savings from this measure will be used to meet the costs of supporting individuals, businesses and local communities affected by natural disasters in 2010‑11 to recover and rebuild.

Further information can be found in the press release of 27 January 2011 issued by the Prime Minister.

Norfolk Island Government — financial assistance

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 4.2

The Government will provide $6.4 million in 2010‑11 to enable the Norfolk Island Government to continue to provide essential services to its population. This financial assistance includes $6.1 million that will be made available under an agreement committing the Norfolk Island Government to work with the Commonwealth Government to implement improvements to Norfolk Island's financial framework, public sector governance and accountability arrangements. The remaining $0.3 million is to fund a study that will enable the Commonwealth Government to make more informed decisions relating to the long term sustainability of the Norfolk Island economy. Funding of $2.2 million will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.

Port Macquarie indoor sports stadium upgrade — contribution

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 1.4 1.4

The Government will provide $2.8 million over two years as a contribution towards an upgrade of the Port Macquarie indoor sports stadium in New South Wales.

This measure supports the Government's objectives for regional Australia.

Regional Development Australia committees — additional resourcing

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 5.2 4.9 5.0 5.1

The Government will provide $20.3 million over four years to the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government for regional policy development and enhanced regional engagement through Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees.

Of this funding, $13.0 million over four years will be used to strengthen RDA committees by providing training and development opportunities to RDA committee members, facilitating ongoing engagement at state and national levels and enabling consultations on emerging regional priority issues. This funding is in addition to the ongoing funding of $15.0 million per annum provided to the RDA committees. The remainder of the funding will provide operational support to the RDA committees through initiatives such as national forums, sitting fees, web engagement and inter‑governmental agreements.

This measure delivers on the Government's 'Commitment to Regional Australia' agreement.

Restoration of the Port of Karumba seawall — contribution

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 2.0

The Government will provide $2.0 million in 2011‑12 as a contribution towards the restoration of the Port of Karumba seawall in Queensland.

This measure supports the Government's objectives for regional Australia.

Riverstone Football and Sporting Precinct Community Infrastructure Initiative

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 2.0 5.0 1.0

The Government will provide $8.0 million over three years to Football NSW as a contribution towards the construction of a world class football and sporting precinct at Riverstone West in Sydney.

Football NSW plans for the precinct include a range of facilities such as sports grounds, indoor training facilities, offices and accommodation.

This measure will provide important social, economic and community benefits for the people of Blacktown, and for football in New South Wales.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

South Australian local roads — continuation of supplementary funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 17.0 17.4 17.7

The Government will provide $50.9 million over three years to continue the supplementary funding to councils in South Australia for local roads support. This funding is in addition to the funds provided for local roads in South Australia through the Australian Government's Financial Assistance Grants program.

Further funding of $1.2 million will be provided for a review into the equity and efficiency of the total current funding provided by the Australian Government for local government through the Financial Assistance Grants program. The review is expected to be completed in 2012‑13.

Sustainable Australia — promoting regional living

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 2.6 4.3 4.4 0.1

The Government will provide $11.5 million over four years to support non‑capital cities to conduct targeted marketing strategies to promote the benefits and opportunities of living and working in regional cities. Funding will be provided via competitive grants and the strategies will be developed in accordance with the regional cities' detailed future growth plans.

Australia has a number of regional cities that are well placed to support a growing population and that offer good employment, housing and educational opportunities. Regional cities will be required to demonstrate partnerships with, and secure funding from, other levels of government, business and community groups to complement the funding available through this measure.

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