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Fight­ing for fund­ing paramount

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LO­CAL gov­ern­ment from New South Wales has joined the fight for ex­ter­nal fund­ing, after Mara­noa coun­cil­lor David Schefe dis­cussed the precipice of the “in­fra­struc­ture cliff” faced by our re­gion.

In an ef­fort to learn from each other and solve com­mon is­sues with re­gards to es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture, Util­i­ties Cr David Schefe at­tended the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment New South Wales Lo­cal Wa­ter Ad­vi­sory Pol­icy Group and Wa­ter Man­age­ment Con­fer­ence last week.

Head­ing the con­fer­ence for Queens­land, Cr Schefe said the main is­sue had been the pulling back of fund­ing to lo­cal gov­ern­ment from state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

“Un­der-in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture is a ma­jor con­cern to lo­cal gov­ern­ment in both states – In par­tic­u­lar for es­sen­tial ser­vices like our wa­ter and sew­er­age in­fra­struc­ture,” Cr Schefe said.

“The loom­ing ‘in­fra­struc­ture cliff’ whereby our wa­ter and sew­er­age in­fra­struc­ture is rapidly reach­ing its end of life, wa­ter se­cu­rity and the ef­fects of deal­ing with one of the worst droughts on record, puts all lo­cal gov­ern­ments in an ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion.

“There was con­sen­sus that lo­cal gov­ern­ment is best placed to de­liver in­fra­struc­ture to suit com­mu­nity needs.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal gov­ern­ment for both states to work to­gether to se­cure more fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture.”

PHOTO: MARA­NOA RE­GIONAL COUN­CIL

MORE FUND­ING: Mara­noa coun­cil­lor David Schefe on the con­fer­ence panel.

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