Abbott cuts $5.7 million from Lake Macquarie City Council

 

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Jodie Harrison, has condemned Tony Abbott’s decision to focus the cuts to Local Government assistance grants on regional councils.

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Australia wide, the Abbott Liberal Government has cut almost over $900 million from local councils, cutting funding to roads, libraries and local services. Over 70% of these cuts will be focused on regional councils.

“I’m proud of the stable budget that Lake Macquarie City Council has delivered over a number of years, but when Tony Abbott starts cutting our funding it puts that budget stability at risk,” Ms Harrison said. 

“Lake Macquarie City Council does great work with the limited resources available. These cuts will be a blow to the hard work of all council employees,” Ms Harrison said. 

Lake Macquarie City Council will lose $5,771,639 over the four years of the Abbott Government, the third largest cut to any NSW council. Blacktown city council faces the largest cut in NSW with $6,759,052 disappearing from its budget.

“Councils across NSW deliver vital programs to their communities. It is a shame Tony Abbott wants to put those at risk with even more budget cuts.” Ms Harrison said.

 

 

Local Government Area

LOSS

1

Blacktown City Council

$6,759,052

2

Wollongong City Council

$6,333,109

3

Lake Macquarie City

$5,771,639

4

Wyong Shire council

$4,663,094

5

Newcastle City Council

$4,595,177

6

Shoalhaven City Council

$4,119,965

7

Penrith City Council

$4,071,360