Improving infrastructure in regional communities - CLGF

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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.

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