Federal funding for WA local government reform

Local governments in Western Australia will receive $2.3 million in federal funding to assist with reform projects.

Federal Minister for Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said the funding will be provided through the $25 million Local Government Reform Fund to support transition groups established by the WA Government.
The $2.3 million will fund two projects aimed at supporting council collaboration on a regional basis and to improve the planning, management and delivery of infrastructure.

Of the funding, $1.6 million will be directed towards the implementation of asset and financial management systems within local government.

Mr Albanese said the funding will help councils to meet nationally agreed principles for asset and financial management. The remaining $670,000 will go towards developing long-term strategic planning in up to 50 councils so that they are able to assess and implement community needs.

With the WA Government providing more than $2.4 million, the total value of these projects will reach $4.8 million.

Mr Albanese said funding from the Local Government Reform Fund will be provided to all states and territories under a National Partnership Agreement which is currently being negotiated.

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