Regional NSW misses out under Labor - Again
NSW Deputy Premier and Nationals Leader Troy Grant and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole said Labor’s local government plan completely neglects regional communities.
“Today Labor released its local government policy to strengthen mayoral leadership for Sydney’s 41 councils – but they forget to mention what their plan is for the rest of the State,” Mr Grant said.
“This is typical Labor taking regional NSW for granted. Labor had 16 years to plan for the future of local government in regional areas – instead their legacy was to leave councils with a $7.4 billion infrastructure backlog.
“Labor can’t see past the Sydney metropolitan border because they have no plan for our regional communities.”
Mr Toole said there were 111 councils in regional NSW and Labor hadn’t given a thought to any of them.
“In stark contrast, the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has a comprehensive plan to make local government Fit for the Future, in our cities and across the State,” Mr Toole said.
“The Coalition Government has committed up to $1 billion in financial support to ensure we have a strong local government sector that can deliver the services that every single community across NSW needs and deserves. We have:
- committed $105 million for regional councils that choose to voluntarily merge,
- allocated $5.3 million to establish new regional Joint Organisations,
- and put aside $4 million for a small rural councils innovation fund.
“Labor has no plan to address the critical issues facing the local government sector and continues to neglect regional NSW.”