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Janelle Saffin holds the seat of Lismore

Janelle Saffin is in the lead for the seat of Lismore after yesterday's state election. Although preroll and postal votes are yet to be counted, it’s hard to imagine Saffin’s position changing.

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Flood-affected still without assistance

Over a year has passed since the devastating February 2022 floods, but many residents of the Northern Rivers have not received the support to retrofit, raise or buyback their homes, as pledged to them by the federal and state governments.

Ballina independent booed over domestic violence survivor-blaming

The independent candidate for the seat of Ballina has attracted condemnation for comments he made over domestic violence at a public forum last week.

‘After Disaster’ film and live concert, March 27 

Working with kids from both The Pocket Primary and Upper Main Arm Primary in the aftermath of the 2022 floods, Janet Swain saw a need to support these kids, many of whom had experienced the full force of the floods and landslips, not once, but twice. 

Voting guide to preferencing in the NSW lower house

The NSW election, to be held on Saturday March 25, uses optional preferencing in both houses of parliament.

Harmony Week – Global Beats

On Saturday 25 March 2023, Byron Multicultural will celebrate Harmony Week 2023 with Global Beats Byron Bay – World Music Lantern Parade; a stellar lineup of music, dance and rhythms.

Ronald McDonald supports SSF and the Tweed Hospitals

Sustainable Australia Party (SAP) Ronald McDonald clarifies his position on State Significant Farmland and the Tweed Valley Hospital. However, President...

How councils are reliant on govt grants to provide basic services

Let’s examine the grip on NSW councils by the state and federal governments! 

Why? Because roads and infrastructure works, for example, are dependent not only on Council revenue from rates and fees, but also NSW and federal government grants.

And considering some grants are hand-picked by ministers to favour certain electorates (called pork barrelling), it raises questions around equity and integrity in governance. 

The Echo asked all NSW election candidates their position on this.

According to Byron Council’s Director Corporate and Community Services, Esmeralda Davis, ‘Grants are a significant portion of Council revenue, and in 2022, [equate to] more than Council raises in general land rates’.

‘Grants are split by operating and capital. If a grant is operating, it is used to fund an activity or purposes on an operating basis, whereas capital grants are provided for the renewal of existing assets or construction of new assets’.

A table provided to The Echo by Davis showed that in 2022, total grants amounted to $33,339,000, while general rates revenue was $26,863,000. In 2021, grants totalled $22,505,000 against a general rates revenue of $26,106,000. Davis says, ‘The big difference between 2022 and 2021 in terms of overall grant revenues is essentially funding associated with the February/March 2022 flood events, and this will continue at elevated levels for the next few years, as Council restores the damaged infrastructure’.

‘In 2022, 26.5 per cent of Council’s overall revenue came from grants, whereas general land rates provided 21.3 per cent, and conversely for 2021, 19.7 per cent of Council’s revenue came from grants, whereas general land rates provided 22.9 per cent.

‘There are currently 72 grants available from differing sources, including the NSW and federal governments, and philanthropic programs’, Davis said, adding ‘Council is also not eligible for many of them owing to the grant being targeted at differing sectors, eg manufacturing, health, research’.

Councillors tabled grant applications, both successful and not, at last Thursday’s meeting. 

Recent successful grants included a floodplain management plan ($266,667), topping up funds for the Byron Community Hub ($1,236,956), helping with pothole repair ($1,334,231) and hosting Australia Day ($30,000). 

Unsuccessful grants, according to the staff report, were public amenities upgrades at South Beach Road, Brunswick Heads ($280,000) and former Mullumbimby Hospital site grant funding ($250,000). 

The importance of government grants for Council’s operations was highlighted by councillors during the meeting.

For more about Council’s grants, visit www.grantguru.com.au.

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  1. The term you are looking for is ‘consolidation of power’. The State govs are reliant on the Fed govt, which is reliant on global central banking cartel. He who pays the piper calls the tune. That is why we are getting ‘international standards’ dictating every little thing in our lives. The International Monetary Fund and the Bank of International settlements are part of the UN. That’s how you end up with UN Agenda 21, 2030, 2050 coming to a local council near you. All the loans and grants come with unrelated strings attached. If you are confused by something a govt does, could be they are contractually obligated to do it even if it looses them votes.


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