Funding Boost For Local Government Reform

Funding Boost For Local Government Reform

Western Australia Minister for Local Government John Castrilli

State Budget 2011-12

Supporting Our Community – Funding Boost For Local Government Reform

Victor P Taffa

The Liberal-National Government has continued to show its support for Local Government reform through the allocation of a further $10.5 Million in the next two years.

Regional local governments that elected to participate in the State Government’s Local Government Reform Strategy will get $7.5 Million in Royalties for Regions funding as part of this year’s State Budget, including $3.6 Million in the coming year.

Local Government Minister John Castrilli said the funding would target direct aid to groups currently preparing Regional Business Plans as a precursor to amalgamation.

Mr. Castrilli said a further $3 Million in the next two years was allocated to promote local government reform in the metropolitan area.

“I congratulate those local governments that recognise the need for reform and are showing leadership in realising the benefits that can be achieved for their communities.” Mr. Castrilli said.

The State Government will consider funding for the proposed merger of the cities of Subiaco and Nedlands when the local governments formally make their decision.

The Minister said local government reform was about bringing benefits to the community through a stronger more sustainable Local Government sector.