Connecting Far West Councils
Minister for Local Government Paul Toole today announced that the NSW Government will provide councils in the Far West with new video teleconferencing technology under the Government’s Far West Initiative.
“Councils will save time and money that could be better spent on services for the local community,” Mr Toole said.
All councils part of the Far West Initiative will benefit from the technology: Balranald, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Cobar, Walgett and Wentworth.
“The NSW Government has been working with councils as part of the Far West Initiative to tackle the unique challenges they face,” Mr Toole said.
“Distance is a key challenge in the Far West. Meetings between Far West councils can mean a long car trip as well as a flight, often a two to three day trip for a single meeting.”
The NSW Government will work with Far West councils on the design, project management and delivery of the project.
Far West Initiative chairman John Williams said councils wanted video conferencing to better connect with each other and the Government.
“At the moment, if Far West councils want to access video conferencing technology they need to organise with the local school to use their facilities after hours. This technology will make it a lot easier to connect with each other.”
Mr Toole said this investment demonstrated the NSW Government’s commitment to securing the future of our Far West communities.
“The Far West Initiative, part of the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future reforms, is being developed with local communities, councils, State agencies and service providers. We want remote communities to work together and build their own solutions, explore opportunities for growth and encourage more connected service delivery in the region.”