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State Budget 2006–07 Budget Highlights Local Government and Planning Portfolio New funding programs (continued) Security Improvement Program Provides a subsidy to councils for expenditure on security Regional Collaboration and Capacity Building (RCCB): measures in existing public places. This includes surveillance Encourages regional collaboration and supports activities equipment, lighting, emergency phones and modifications to that build capacity across councils. Priorities for targeting public facilities. performance improvement will be developed in consultation with the Local Government Association of Queensland. Show Societies Grant Commences in July 2006. Provides financial assistance to show societies towards Cyclone Larry response the cost of capital works. Water and Sewerage Subsidy Program (WASP): Supports capital works including water storage, sewerage Smaller Communities Assistance Program (SCAP) treatment and wastewater re-use. Continues water and sewerage subsidies previously funded under Local Governing Provides assistance towards water and sewerage projects State Budget 2006–07 in communities with less than 5,000 in population. Bodies Capital Works Subsidy Scheme (LGBCWSS) and includes funding for reduced water consumption and minimising loss. Urban Communities Drought Water Program Budget Highlights Supports the cost of purchase and/or conveyance of water to Commences in July 2006. supplement domestic urban water supply systems severely depleted by extreme drought conditions. Local Government and Planning Existing funding programs Other funding programs Portfolio Regional Centres Program (RCP) Provides support for a wide range of infrastructure and Commonwealth Financial Assistance Grants community facilities including revitalisation of central Under this program, Commonwealth funds are provided as business areas, tourism infrastructure, foreshore untied general purpose grants for councils to spend on any development, social/community facilities and streetscaping. of their operating or capital functions. Road and Drainage Grants Natural Disaster Relief Arrangements Support capital works expenditure by local government on A joint State/Commonwealth program providing financial road and urban storm water drainage infrastucture. assistance following natural disaster events. This includes Rural Living Infrastructure Program the restoration of, and emergency protection and repair work to, the assets of local councils. Provides social development, economic and tourism infrastructure in small councils and communities. State Budget 2006-07 Minister’s Office contact details Phone: 0000 0000 Fax: 0000 0000 www.budget.qld.gov.au State Budget 2006–07 Budget Highlights Local Government and Planning Portfolio Message from the Minister Local Government grants and subsidies Blueprint for the Bush This budget is about preparing Queensland communities for the future. The State A significant component of this budget is a revised The Department is committed to Queensland’s regional Government plays a pivotal role in supporting Queensland communities to adapt suite of grants and subsidies programs, to the value of and rural areas through the State’s Blueprint for the to, and meet, the challenges associated with rapid growth, population change, $700 million over five years available to councils. This Bush, a 10-year plan to ensure a sustainable future for and the demand for public services. Funding will be increased to councils for vital includes funding for four new programs: rural communities. infrastructure and for the delivery of these services. • $65 million over five years, from July 2006, to assist Funding of $4.5 million over three years, commencing The Office for Women will be provided funding of $5.49 million (recurrent) over 4 years from councils to reduce water consumption and minimise 2006-07, will be directed towards three regional planning 2006-07 to ensure all the women of Queensland’s cities, towns, rural and remote areas have water loss. projects in rural communities in Central West, North West and access to information and services. South West Queensland. • $60 million over three years, from July 2008, to assist This new state-wide model includes funding for the appointment of 10 regional coordinators with environmental health infrastructure such as landfill, In addition, $1 million over three years, commencing who will make sure existing women’s organisations and government agencies talk to each other storm water, and erosion control. 2006-07 will be allocated to the Rural Infrastructure Access to deliver more effective services at the local level. Initiative. This will allow groups of, or individual councils to • $25 million over five years, from July 2006 to encourage A key feature of our expenditure is $700 million for a revised suite of grants and subsidies, to be undertake feasibility studies of infrastructure and/or services regional collaboration between councils and help build provided to councils over the next five years. Specifically, three new programs will improve water that are collectively regarded as high priority in the region. service capacity. efficiency, develop environmental infrastructure and encourage innovative research to address water-related environmental issues. The new regional collaboration program will encourage • $5 million over five years, from July 2006, to encourage councils to share resources and plan for a sustainable future. innovative research and piloting of better ways to Office for Women portfolio This is an increase of more than $90 million. We recognise the importance of regional address environmental issues related to water and Funding of $5.49 million (recurrent) over 4 years communities all over the state and so about half of this $700 million will assist councils in waste management. from 2006-07 for the Office of Women to provide a regions outside of South East Queensland. state-wide service connecting the interests of women across Queensland. This new state-wide model includes Some of these regions are facing pressure from high growth while others are seeking to maintain Aboriginal Shire and Island Councils funding for the appointment of 10 regional coordinators existing community services, attract investment and infrastructure. The State’s 32 Aboriginal and Island councils are a key to improve the delivery of suitable and equitable services To this end this budget reinforces our commitment to Queensland’s regional and rural areas priority of the Department. Financial assistance for local to women. through the State’s Blueprint for the Bush, a 10-year plan to ensure a sustainable future for our government services and environmental health related rural communities. services are provided through: We have eight regional plans already underway outside South East Queensland and the Blueprint Funding for Local Government • Continued implementation of the up to $100 million, for the Bush initiative will provide a further $4.5 million over the next three years from 2006-07 five-year program for development, operation and infrastructure and facilities to develop three more regional plans in Central West, North West and South West Queensland. maintenance of environmental health infrastructure in From 1 July 2006, a revised suite of grants and subsidies $1 million over three years from 2006-07 will also be allocated to the Rural Infrastructure Access mainland Indigenous communities (contingent on the programs totalling $700 million will be provided to Initiative. This will provide groups of rural councils with the opportunity to undertake feasibility Australian Government providing matching funds). councils over five years. The funding programs aim to studies into their infrastructure and services needs, and determine their regional priorities. further improve the provision of local infrastructure and The State’s 32 Aboriginal and Island councils will continue to benefit from up to $100 million • $28.06 million to all 32 Aboriginal Shire and Island services by Queensland councils. This is an increase of over five years from 2005-06 for the development, operation and management of environmental councils to assist with the delivery of local government more than $90 million over the previous range health infrastructure. This is contingent on the Australian Government providing matching funds services and to the Island Coordinating Council to of programs. and it has offered to match $30 million so far. assist with operational costs, as well as Aurukun and Under the State Government Financial Aid Program, $28.06 million will be available to assist Mornington Shire councils to assist with the delivery with the delivery of local government services and the operation of Island Coordinating of local government services. New funding programs Councils. This is an increase of $940,000 and, in association with the Community Governance Improvement Strategy, builds councils’ ongoing financial sustainability and accountability. Environmental Infrastructure Program (EIP): Smart electronic All 157 Queensland councils will benefit from an increase of $76 million in special purpose Supports a broad range of environmental management grants and subsidies in 2006-07. State/Commonwealth funding of $669 million has been Development Assessment needs including stormwater, solid waste, erosion control allocated to deliver improved infrastructure and services across Queensland. Funding of $2.5 million, as a total of $6.6 million over and flood mitigation. The Department’s 2006-07 budget provides the resources to build stronger Queensland four years from 2005-06, has been allocated to further Commences in July 2008. communities and to prepare them for their future needs. progress the Smart electronic Development Assessment (eDA) which will advance the development assessment Environmental Infrastructure Research Program (EIRP): process in Queensland. Smart eDA will make it easier for An expanded program to encourage innovative research people to lodge applications, and free up planners from and piloting of better ways to address environmental administrative work so they can get on with assessing issues related to water and waste management continues Desley Boyle MP applications. to encourage new and innovative wastewater treatment Minister for Environment technologies subsidies previously funded under Advanced Minister for Local Government and Planning Wastewater Treatment Technologies (AWTT). Minister for Women Commences in July 2006.