Local Government Innovation Fund Open for Applications
Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has today encouraged Councils in the Barwon electorate to apply for one-off grants from the NSW Government’s $4 million Innovation Fund to deliver better services and better infrastructure in their local communities.
Mr Humphries said small Councils in rural and regional NSW who are not a part of a merger proposal and have communities of less than 10,000 people are eligible to apply for an innovation grant to help them more effectively address their particular challenges.
Barwon Shire Councils eligible to apply include Warrumbungle, Walgett, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Warren, Brewarrina, Bogan, Lachlan, Bourke, Cobar and Central Darling.
“Small regional and rural communities face unique issues and challenges and the Innovation Fund recognises that one size does not fit all NSW Councils,” Mr Humphries said.
“The grants are being offered over two $2 million rounds to help eligible Councils and their communities develop new ideas and new ways of working to provide better services and better infrastructure for their communities.
“This might include developing more efficient processes, different ways of delivering services, sharing resources with other Councils, or using technology to help overcome the challenge of distance.”
Mr Humphries said the Innovation Fund further demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting rural and regional Councils
“It is vital that communities have confidence their Council is financially sound, operating efficiently and is in a strong position to guide community growth and deliver quality services,” Mr Humphries said.
“That is why the NSW Government is delivering record investment through a package of tailored initiatives to support rural and regional councils to provide the services and infrastructure that these communities need.”
In addition to the $4 million available through the Innovation Fund, the NSW Government will be offering more than $5 million in seed funding to establish new regional Joint Organisations to help Councils work together with the Government on important regional issues.