Improving infrastructure in regional communities - CLGF

Between 2008-2013, the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) provided more than $390 million to help fund more than 1,700 local government projects and more than 150 strategic group projects.

The fund was part of the Royalties for Regions (RfR) program and aimed to help provide better regional infrastructure and support capacity building across local governments.

An independent evaluation found that the CLGF achieved its overall aims and had generated significant social and economic impacts. For instance, it created some 5,500 jobs, bolstered business and tourism opportunities in regional WA, and gave locals an increased sense of community pride and belonging.

Between 2008-2013, the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) provided more than $390 million to help fund more than 1,700 local government projects and more than 150 strategic group projects.

The fund was part of the Royalties for Regions (RfR) program and aimed to help provide better regional infrastructure and support capacity building across local governments.

An independent evaluation found that the CLGF achieved its overall aims and had generated significant social and economic impacts. For instance, it created some 5,500 jobs, bolstered business and tourism opportunities in regional WA, and gave locals an increased sense of community pride and belonging.


What did the CLGF evaluation find?

The CLGF evaluation made several findings, including:

1. The CLGF had made a positive difference for regional communities in Western Australia, including achieving most of its overall aims.

2. The CLGF had contributed to the achievement of regional development collaborations across country local governments.

3. Regional Western Australia had benefited socially from the CLGF as projects led to increased, improved or enhanced social and community services in all regional areas.

4. The CLGF has had a positive economic impact on many regional Western Australian communities. It contributed at least $100 million a year in employment output and visitor spending.

5. Most stakeholders believed that community engagement regarding the development of CLGF infrastructure had been appropriate.

Economic benefits

The evaluation found that there were numerous economic benefits arising from CLGF-funded projects.

Jobs created:

  • 1,200 project implementation jobs created
  • 3,900 indirect jobs created over the period the infrastructure was being built
  • In the post-implementation period: 1,060 longer term jobs created in areas such as infrastructure maintenance, recreation/tourism and professional services.

Increased tourism and spending:

  • CLGF infrastructure attracted more than 13,000 additional visitors a year to regional WA
  • CLGF funding had led to local business owners dreaming bigger or thinking differently about the types of services they could offer.

Leveraging funding: at least $165 million of extra funding from non-CLGF sources was leveraged into regional WA.


Social benefits

  • Creating community and regional hubs and connections
  • Reducing infrastructure backlogs in country local governments
  • Better collaboration between local governments.

To find out more on how the Country Local Government Fund benefited regional communities, you can read a summary of the evaluation here.

  • Medical centre and community centre, Wongan Hills

    almost 3 years ago
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    The CLGF provided funding of more than $1.55 million to help construct two major community projects in the Central Wheatbelt town of Wongan Hills.

    The projects include a new medical centre which was built with CLGF funding of more than $700,000. The medical centre is a fit-for-purpose facility that includes rooms for doctors and visiting specialists.

    The CLGF also contributed $840,800 to help build the Station, a community resource centre which incorporates the shire library, Visitor Centre and Community Arts Space.

    The Station is also leased to local businesses including an employment services agency, a speech therapist and occupational therapist.

    The CLGF provided funding of more than $1.55 million to help construct two major community projects in the Central Wheatbelt town of Wongan Hills.

    The projects include a new medical centre which was built with CLGF funding of more than $700,000. The medical centre is a fit-for-purpose facility that includes rooms for doctors and visiting specialists.

    The CLGF also contributed $840,800 to help build the Station, a community resource centre which incorporates the shire library, Visitor Centre and Community Arts Space.

    The Station is also leased to local businesses including an employment services agency, a speech therapist and occupational therapist.

  • $2.6m for Gascoyne Junction projects

    almost 3 years ago
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    In December 2010, the town of Gascoyne Junction was hit by devastating floods when the rain-swollen Gascoyne River broke its banks.

    To help re-build the town, the CLGF contributed $2.6 million to the Shire of Upper Gascoyne to undertake several projects, most of which had been planned before the flood.

    This included building new housing for shire staff. The accommodation included a three-bedroom house, twin two-bedroom duplexes, and two single persons’ quarters built on land above the one-in-100 year flood level.

    The shire also used CLGF funds for a Community Resource Centre and improved amenities at the shire offices.

    In December 2010, the town of Gascoyne Junction was hit by devastating floods when the rain-swollen Gascoyne River broke its banks.

    To help re-build the town, the CLGF contributed $2.6 million to the Shire of Upper Gascoyne to undertake several projects, most of which had been planned before the flood.

    This included building new housing for shire staff. The accommodation included a three-bedroom house, twin two-bedroom duplexes, and two single persons’ quarters built on land above the one-in-100 year flood level.

    The shire also used CLGF funds for a Community Resource Centre and improved amenities at the shire offices.

  • Industrial parks at Morawa, Moora and Williams

    almost 3 years ago
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    The CLGF provided more than $1 million to help develop industrial parks in three towns in the Wheatbelt and Mid West regions to attract and support small businesses.

    The CLGF contributed approximately $260,000 to help the Shire of Williams and Landcorp develop six light industrial lots on land that the shire already owned.

    At Moora, $267,000 of CLGF funding was used to develop 10 light industrial lots. Each lot is serviced with power and water.

    In the Shire of Morawa, CLGF provided $505,000 to develop the Morawa Light Industrial Park that includes eight units with full utilities.

    The CLGF provided more than $1 million to help develop industrial parks in three towns in the Wheatbelt and Mid West regions to attract and support small businesses.

    The CLGF contributed approximately $260,000 to help the Shire of Williams and Landcorp develop six light industrial lots on land that the shire already owned.

    At Moora, $267,000 of CLGF funding was used to develop 10 light industrial lots. Each lot is serviced with power and water.

    In the Shire of Morawa, CLGF provided $505,000 to develop the Morawa Light Industrial Park that includes eight units with full utilities.

  • $1.8m for community facilities, Moora

    almost 3 years ago
    Wheatbelt   moora park near council

    The CLGF contributed $1.8 million to the town of Moora for several infrastructure projects.

    This included $760,000 to help build a frail aged lodge to enable it to become part of a Centre of Excellence for aged care.

    CLGF funds were also used to:

    • build a community centre
    • upgrade the childcare centre, recreation centre, swimming pool and youth centre;
    • construct industrial units; and
    • upgrade the caravan park and streetscape, including a sculpture garden.

    The evaluation said CLGF projects helped grow Moora’s population, as well as attracting 1,870 visitors a year and an extra $1...

    The CLGF contributed $1.8 million to the town of Moora for several infrastructure projects.

    This included $760,000 to help build a frail aged lodge to enable it to become part of a Centre of Excellence for aged care.

    CLGF funds were also used to:

    • build a community centre
    • upgrade the childcare centre, recreation centre, swimming pool and youth centre;
    • construct industrial units; and
    • upgrade the caravan park and streetscape, including a sculpture garden.

    The evaluation said CLGF projects helped grow Moora’s population, as well as attracting 1,870 visitors a year and an extra $1 million a year in local spending.

  • $3.7m for town projects, Collie

    almost 3 years ago
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    Another example of CLGF funding involves the town of Collie in the South West.

    Between 2009-13, the CLGF provided $3.7 million for several infrastructure projects such as:

    • improving drainage;
    • refurbishing the town swimming pool;
    • increasing pedestrian crossings and upgrading footpaths;
    • installing lights and boardwalks;
    • upgrading parkland and playgrounds; and
    • redeveloping the CBD, including landscaping and parking.

    It’s estimated that the CLGF-funded projects created some 26 direct jobs in construction, as well as 87 indirect jobs.

    The evaluation found an additional 500 people visited Collie in first year after the projects’ completion and stayed an average of one to two nights.

    Another example of CLGF funding involves the town of Collie in the South West.

    Between 2009-13, the CLGF provided $3.7 million for several infrastructure projects such as:

    • improving drainage;
    • refurbishing the town swimming pool;
    • increasing pedestrian crossings and upgrading footpaths;
    • installing lights and boardwalks;
    • upgrading parkland and playgrounds; and
    • redeveloping the CBD, including landscaping and parking.

    It’s estimated that the CLGF-funded projects created some 26 direct jobs in construction, as well as 87 indirect jobs.

    The evaluation found an additional 500 people visited Collie in first year after the projects’ completion and stayed an average of one to two nights.

  • New recreation centre, Bruce Rock

    almost 3 years ago
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    A typical example of a CLGF-funded project was the new recreation centre developed for the Shire of Bruce Rock in the Wheatbelt.

    The CLGF contributed $1.5 million to the project, which had a total cost of $5 million. The shire wanted to collocate its various ageing sporting facilities, which were spread throughout the town, resulting in high maintenance costs.

    The project involved putting all sports groups into one location based at the original town football club and oval.

    The new recreation centre now caters for multiple sports including basketball, netball, badminton, volleyball, squash, tennis and lawn bowls.

    A typical example of a CLGF-funded project was the new recreation centre developed for the Shire of Bruce Rock in the Wheatbelt.

    The CLGF contributed $1.5 million to the project, which had a total cost of $5 million. The shire wanted to collocate its various ageing sporting facilities, which were spread throughout the town, resulting in high maintenance costs.

    The project involved putting all sports groups into one location based at the original town football club and oval.

    The new recreation centre now caters for multiple sports including basketball, netball, badminton, volleyball, squash, tennis and lawn bowls.