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M49/2001 13 March 2001

$3 MILLION TO IMPROVE COUNCIL SERVICE

More than $3 million in Federal funding will be given to 38 projects by small and medium-sized councils in rural, regional and urban fringe areas to improve their service to their local communities.

Federal Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Senator Ian Macdonald, said the funding has been allocated under the 2000-2001 Local Government Incentive Programme (LGIP). 

“This funding particularly helps councils in regional Australia and on the urban fringes to assist them in providing improved service for their ratepayers”, Senator Macdonald said.

The LGIP focuses on three priority areas:

activities that lead to the adoption of best practice and sharing of technical expertise between councils; ●

the promotion of an enhanced role for local government in leading their communities; and ● increasing the capacity of local government to contribute to regional development. ●

“The LGIP will also help local government refine the role of local councils in building the economic, environmental and social infrastructure necessary for their local regions to reach their full potential.

"The LGIP is over and above the $1.3 billion provided by the Federal Government in Financial Assistance Grants to councils, of which two-thirds goes to rural and regional councils."

Senator Macdonald congratulated councils who submitted applications for the high standard of their submissions.

"Those who serve in local government are closest to the people who will benefit most from local projects. The high quality of the bids, especially the successful projects, reflect the commitment of the vast majority of mayors and councillors to providing more efficient services for their communities,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This round of funding is also noted for the number of collaborative projects signifying a greater willingness by councils to work together for better regional outcomes,”

“The LGIP is a demonstration of the Federal Government and Local Government working in partnership to the benefit of constituents we both serve.”

*** List of Projects attached ***

 

Media Contact: David Moore (07) 4771 3066/(0417) 774 724

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAMME

PROJECTS APPROVED FOR FUNDING

STATE/TERRITORY SUMMARY

STATE/TERRITORY TOTAL PROJECTS TOTAL GRANTS

$

NEW SOUTH WALES 9 $745,080

VICTORIA 7 $526,820

QUEENSLAND 8 $591,340

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 4 $329,180

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 4 $332,000

TASMANIA 3 $245,000

NORTHERN TERRITORY 3 $284,300

     

TOTAL 38 $3,053,720

NEW SOUTH WALES

APPLICANT/S PROJECT NAME GRANT

Hawkesbury City Council Spatially enabling information for better planning and policy development in the Western Sydney basin

$100,000

Lower Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management System Building Regional Environmental Management capacity in Rural

Councils

$100,000

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Implementation of timber bridge testing

$100,000

Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW Capacity of elected members and local government managers in NSW

$99,550

Crookwell Shire Council CroMulGun Resource Sharing $15,530

Tenterfield Shire Council Community Mobile Library and

Information Service

$100,000

Bombala Council Mobile Waste Shredder $94,000

Moree Plains Shire Council Construction of Stock Bridge over the Macintyre River at Boggabilla $100,000

Lord Howe Island Board Lord Howe Island Community Bulk

Food and Goods Co-operative (non-profit organisation)

$36,000

VICTORIA

APPLICANT/S PROJECT NAME GRANT

RMIT University/Department of Justice and Youth Studies Best practice Service Development in Rural Local Government Youth

Services

$47,820

Local Government Professionals Inc LGPro Benchmarking Program $100,000 Golden Plains Shire Council Small Towns effluent Disposal alternatives project $40,000

Warrnambool City Council Western District Communities Partnership Project $100,000

Buloke Shire Council Toward a sustainable dry�land

agriculture environment

$95,000

Cardinia Shire Council Strategies for the effective provision of

development and technical services in rural and regional areas

$100,000

Moira Shire Council Economic and social development in a

cross border region in northern Victoria and southern NSW

$44,000

QUEENSLAND

APPLICANT/S PROJECT NAME GRANT

Belyando Shire Council Councils in Cooperation � Partnering a

Regional Future

$46,940

Gulf Local Authorities Development Association Gulf Savannah Coordination Officer, Infrastructure Coordination and

Regional Development

$100,000

Richmond Shire Council Joint IPA Planning Scheme � Flinders,

Richmond and McKinlay Shires $90,000

Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils Employment of Implementation Officer to manage FNQ Regional

Organisation of Councils response to the FNQ Regional

Plan

$99,500

South East Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils South East Queensland Rural Enhancement Strategy

$100,000

Mackay, Hinterland and Whitsunday Local Governments Inc Mackay Region Infrastructure Standards Project

$37,500

Local Government Association of Queensland Improved Financial Reporting and Management $81,000

Local Government Association of Queensland Elected Member Update - Regional Training Program $36,400

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

APPLICANT/S PROJECT NAME GRANT

Shire of Serpentine�Jarrahdale Implementing Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse gas reduction in Armadale, Gosnells and Serpentine�Jarrahdale

$98,500

Western Australian Municipal Association Regional Transport Infrastructure Co-ordination $95,000

Shire of Esperance Esperance Green Field Industrial Park

Development

$100,000

Shire of Waroona Peel Structural Reform Programme $35,680

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

APPLICANT/S PROJECT NAME GRANT

Yorke Peninsula Community Care

Community Connect (Regional Yorke Peninsula)                                                                                 Peninsula

$71,000

Northern Regional Development Board on behalf of Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group

Implementation of Regional Positioning of Upper Spencer Gulf to become investment ready $75,000

District Council of Kimba Central Eyre Peninsula Economic

Strategies co-ordinator

$96,000

Corporation of the City of Whyalla One Stop Strategic Planning System $90,000

TASMANIA

APPLICANT/S PROJECT NAME GRANT

Local Government Division � Department of Premier and Cabinet Key Performance Indicators framework for Tasmanian Local Government

$50,000

Launceston City Council Development and implementation of an

economic development strategy for North East Tasmania

$95,000

Burnie City Council and Waratah�Wynyard Council Integration of Council Workforces/Associated resources

$100,000

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