200 representatives of 121 local governments from metropolitan, regional and remote Western Australia have completed a forum to address challenges likely to impact on their communities in the next 20 to 50 years.
Local Government Minister John Castrilli said the forum identified and discussed how to deal demographic social, economic and environmental issues for the benefit of their communities.
“It gave local government mayors, presidents, councillors and officers from across the State a chance to look at ways of investing in the future and how to prepare for change,” Mr Castrilli said.
“Issues identified included increasing population growth and projections, planning and the provision of infrastructure that will result from this and the growing demand for labour.”
The Minister said issues facing local governments vary across the State and to meet in a collective manner was a major step forward to assist the sector better prepare for future change.
“It was also an opportunity to showcase examples of innovative ways in which some local governments are already moving ahead,” he said.
“One example was the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder which generates additional revenue through investments including its airport, commercial properties and in water waste management.
“This investment has meant more revenue to fund community infrastructure such as the city’s recreation and aquatic centre and the development of an international standard golf course.”
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