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Councils encouraged to apply for special purpose grants

When our remote communities and regions are strong the Territory is strong.

That’s why Local Government Councils throughout the Territory are invited to apply for grants to improve community infrastructure and service delivery outcomes in their regions.

The Territory Labor Government’s latest round of Local Government Special Purpose Grants is now open, with $1.8 million available for distribution.

All councils are eligible to apply for funds to assist with projects such as upgrades to recreation facilities, plant and equipment, social infrastructure, construction and renovations, addressing antisocial behaviour, discouraging vandalism and graffiti and animal management.

For example, in the previous grants round, the Tiwi Islands Regional Council received more than $180,000 to purchase equipment for its workshop; the Roper Gulf Regional Council successfully applied to purchase three front-end loaders and the Barkly Regional Council’s plans to install solar heating at the town pool got the go-ahead with funding of $80,000.

For more information, go to:

Applications close on 4 March.


Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy:

“The Territory Labor Government values the work councils across the NT do, which is why we are providing funds for capital assets and services.

“The Local Government Special Purpose Grants offer an opportunity for regional councils to improve their facilities and services and I encourage councils to submit applications.

“These grants will be especially helpful for regional and remote councils which have lower rate bases.”


Media contact: Jasmin Afianos – 0419 361 127