Lo­cal govt slated for $5.4m boon

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Coun­try lo­cal gov­ern­ments will ben­e­fit from a fi­nan­cial injection of more than $5.4 mil­lion to sup­port lead­er­ship and in­no­va­tion in the sec­tor and strengthen coun­cils’ ac­count­abil­ity and per­for­mance.

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son said the fund­ing through the State Govern­ment’s Roy­al­ties for Re­gions Coun­try Lo­cal Govern­ment Fund would be in­vested in a se­ries of ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing ini­tia­tives over two years.

“It is a pri­or­ity of the Govern­ment to help coun­try lo­cal gov­ern­ments to have the ca­pac­ity to de­liver a wide range of com­mu­nity ser­vices into the fu­ture,” he said.

“This fund­ing will en­able them to achieve in­no­va­tive lo­cal so­lu­tions in ser­vice de­liv­ery and com­mu­nity part­ner­ships, and en­sure coun­cils have the right gov­er­nance to sup­port this.

“Th­ese ini­tia­tives are fun­da­men­tal to our com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing a stronger lo­cal govern­ment sec­tor in Western Aus­tralia, and bet­ter out­comes for res­i­dents and ratepay­ers.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing pro­gram was a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward for so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in re­gional ar­eas.

“This pro­gram will sup­port on­go­ing im­prove­ments in the ca­pac­ity of coun­try lo­cal gov­ern­ments to iden­tify and act on op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­vel­op­ments and ini­tia­tives, par­tic­u­larly with the com­mu­nity and not-for-profit sec­tor,” he said.

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