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IN Opposition 2012-16, I re-
searched and advocated new
Labor policy positions and now
privileged to be implementing
Delivering on an election promise to
boost funding for local government to
deliver better infrastructure in remote
Aboriginal communities I am honoured
to announce grant applications are open
for the new $5 million on-going, Stra-
tegic Local Government Infrastructure
Fund for regional and shire councils.
The Territory Labor Government prom-
ised to increase the capacity of councils
to deliver better infrastructure right
across the NT and this fund will certainly
enhance that opportunity.
Local government is vital to drive jobs
and grow the economy in regional and
remote areas presenting the most stable
platform for long-term employment and
skills development, while delivering
important services for their communities.
The Strategic Local Government In-
frastructure Fund will support regional
and shire councils, who have a very low
rating base compared to their municipal
counterparts, to deliver key infrastruc-
ture projects and conduct much needed
repairs and maintenance.
The grants can be used for establishing
and upgrading playgrounds, sporting
facilities and cemetery infrastructure;
re-sealing internal community roads;
improving storm water and waste man-
agement; purchasing plant and equip-
ment; repairs and maintenance of council
offices and staff accommodation; and for
other facilities such as swimming pools.
Government is supporting councils
to deliver critical services for growing
regional and remote populations and to
strengthen communities by supporting
the improvement of basic infrastructure.
However in designing and developing
the policy I was particularly influenced
by a shared resource methodology where
Councils working together could deliver
far greater value for money than just
working in isolation with ad hoc indi-
vidualist project planning.
I encourage eligible councils to apply
for the funding to increase their capacity
to improve the quality and safety of as-
sets and to work with other councils for
common solutions to shared problems,
including regional strategies across coun-
cil areas. It makes sense to work together
for example when procuring assets, like
rubbish compactors that Councils would
communicate with neighbouring coun-
cils to purchase multiple trucks on the
same order delivering efficiencies and
savings. And a plan for metal recycling
of dumped cars where shared plant and
equipment comprising an excavator,
back hoe, hydraulic car crusher and float
service multiple council areas crushing
cars for scrap metal and when not crush-
ing cars, plant and equipment working
on improving rubbish tips, cemeteries,
drainage and community amenity.
Communities will greatly benefit from
the opportunities this fund will create,
on top of the increase Labor made to
the Special Purpose Grant funding for
councils earlier this year. Both funds are
on-going and demonstrate the Territory
Labor Government’s commitment to sup-
port local government to deliver essential
infrastructure across the Territory.
New ways require innovative think-
ing, partnerships and most importantly
leadership, qualities I will be monitoring
closely over the term of Local Govern-
Member for Barkly
Local government support
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