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Investing in regional community development

For more information, contact Terry Redman Redman (Member for Warren-Blackwood).

  • New program to support local government and community sector partnerships
  • Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program

The Liberal National Government will invest $1.42 million in regional Western Australia to encourage more innovative and collaborative approaches to community development.

Launching the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) Community Development Program at the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the funding would help deliver services that best met the needs of regional communities.

"Local governments want to connect with not-for-profit and community organisations in their area to improve service delivery," Mr Simpson said.

"Community development is particularly important in regional WA, where remoteness, economic opportunities, low population density and an ageing population creates specific challenges."

Under the initiative, country local governments can apply for grants of up to $20,000 to undertake programs involving best practice in community development and working in partnership with the not-for-profit sector and community.

Scholarships of up to $10,000 are also available for staff and elected members to participate in a nationally recognised program of training or study in community development.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the CLGF was helping to build the capacity of regional councils to deliver a wide range of community services into the future.

"This is an important investment for Royalties for Regions, contributing towards building and maintaining a positive lifestyle for our regional communities," Mr Redman said.

"Facilitating a community development process and partnership approach with communities, community sector organisations, local businesses and all levels of government can help meet these challenges."

Fact File

  • For more information, including guidelines and application forms, visit http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au
  • The State Government's Royalties for Regions program has allocated $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 projects across regional WA since 2008