The NT Government released the 2017-18 Budget on 2 May, and overall the results of LGANT’s submission were very favourable.

From the 10 strategic priorities requested six have certainty of funding. These include NT operational subsidy increase, subsidies to the West Daly and Victoria Daly councils, SPG increase of $2million funding for waste management coordinators, public library grants and funding for Indigenous employment, local authorities and services to outstations, and funding for community infrastructure.

Confirmation is being sought on funding for three priorities relating to unincorporated land, structural reform and transferring roads to local government, while funding for the local government excellence program has ceased.

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