- More than $700,000 awarded to 39 regional local governments
- Youth development grants and scholarships to provide job opportunities for young people
- Community development grants and scholarships to help build community partnerships
- Ensures regional communities are sustainable into the future
More than $700,000 has been injected into regional communities for local governments to provide job opportunities for young people and build stronger partnerships with the community sector.
A total of 70 grants have been awarded to 39 country local governments across four programs through the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF).
Under the Community Development Grants Program, a total of $224,486 was awarded to 14 local governments to undertake programs involving best practice in community development and working in partnership with the not-for-profit sector and community.
A further $450,000 has been awarded through the Youth Development Scholarship and Youth Development Traineeship programs to 30 local governments.
The funding will enable young people in the regions to develop long-term employment skills and expose them to future employment opportunities within local government.
An additional six grants were awarded through the Community Development Scholarship Program to offer accredited training to country local government employees to build their capacity to deliver community development initiatives within their community.
The CLGF has provided more than $5 million in funding over two years to improve the capacity of country local government.
Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:
"This is an example of the State Government's commitment to investing in the future of local government in WA.
"By giving young people opportunities to start or further careers in the local government sector while living in their local area, we are contributing to the attraction and retention of young people in the regions.
"A partnership approach to community development can also assist to manage these challenges to ensure that local governments are sustainable into the future."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Local governments in the regions experience unique challenges such as remoteness, limited economic opportunities and an ageing population.
"These grants will give our regional local governments more opportunity to develop the capacity to deliver the services, regional communities need."
Local Government Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200