Councils to receive second $1 million grant

Drought affected councils on the Eastern Eyre Peninsula will receive a second round of $1 million in funding for community projects in 2020.

DEVELOPMENT: The Kimba District Council used much of its first $1 million grant to fund the Roora Stormwater Catchment Project.

DEVELOPMENT: The Kimba District Council used much of its first $1 million grant to fund the Roora Stormwater Catchment Project.

As part of a host of drought measures announced by the federal government this month, all 122 local government areas deemed eligible for the Drought Communities Program in 2018 will be offered a second $1 million, along with six new councils across the country.

The district councils of Cleve, Franklin Harbour, Kimba, Streaky Bay, Ceduna and Wudinna are all eligible for the funding.

The Drought Communities Program aims to fund projects that boost the local economy through stimulating short-term employment in the district and providing a long-term community benefit.

Program guidelines for the new round of funding are set to be updated by the end of the month, at which point councils can begin to submit projects.

Cleve district mayor Phil Cameron said the council was notified late last week it would be receiving more drought funding, and he expected many discussions would be had in the coming weeks to decide on projects to submit.

"We'll be fairly busy coming up with a list of projects," he said.

"The nuts and bolts of it is it's local economic stimulus."

TOURISM: The new jumping pillow at Arno Bay was part-funded by the program.

TOURISM: The new jumping pillow at Arno Bay was part-funded by the program.

Mr Cameron said projects would have until the end of December 2020 to be complete, allowing a larger window than last time where the bulk of projects were approved with less than six months until the funding deadline.

"Time will be on our side this time," he said.

He said there were already some ideas "floating around" but there were "no hard and fast decisions" on which projects would be put forward.

Along with the additional Drought Communities Program funding, the federal government has also redirected $200 million from the Building Better Regions Fund into drought communities and committed an extra $138.9 million into the Roads to Recovery initiative to distribute among the 128 eligible councils.

Mr Cameron said the Cleve District Council had been advised it would be receiving about $400,000 in additional road funding which the council will be able to allocate across the current 2019/2020 annual budget and 2020/2021 with funding deadline set for the end of the next calendar year.