Country Local Government Fund Axed



26 Aug 2014 - Funding for the Country Local Government fund (CLGF) has been cut despite it being a legislative requirement of the Royalties for Regions fund. .

The decision to axe the CLGF will have an impact on the capacity of local councils to deliver on community infrastructure projects. 

 The purpose of the CLGF was to provide grants to regional local councils to assist with infrastructure development and maintenance. The fund was announced in 2008 with the creation of Royalties for Regions and it is a legislative requirement that it remain.

In the 2013-14 State Budget funding to the fund was slashed for the first two financial years from $190m to $79.1m with only nominal amounts in the final 2 years. 

In the 2014-15 State Budget some money was restored in order to help complete projects but all funding ends by the 2017-18 financial year.

Local Councils throughout WA have raised concerns with the decision to axe the fund.

South West councils are disappointed with the cut to the country local government fund, claiming it will be detrimental to revitalisation plans for country shires.

Capel shire chief executive officer Paul Sheedy said it was another example of a broken promise by the State Government.  Bunbury Herald 3/9/2013