Funding for SuperTowns axed

What they promised

SuperTowns is a Royalties for Regions flagship initiative

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What they say now

Funding for the Country Local Government Fund abolished

- 2013-14 Budget Paper No 3

05 Mar 2014 - SuperTowns announced as part of the Government’s ‘flagship’ initiative in regional WA have been effectively axed as a result of the abolition of the Country Local Government Fund and a significant decrease in the funding for ‘Strategic Regional Projects’ over the next 4 years. .

SuperTowns including Katanning, Collie, Esperance, Northam, Jurien Bay, Morawa, Boddington, Manjimup and Margaret River will have limited access to funding undermining their capacity to implement the projects outlined in their Growth Plans.

Growth Pans have been development in each SuperTown with more than $464 million in funding required for priority projects.  The priority projects have been identified by the local community.  Only $78 million of funding has been made available in the first instance.

The Growth Plans were endorsed by the Barnett Government as part of the plan to cater for the predicted population expansion and economic growth in WA in future years.    

The Country Local Government Fund to which they had to apply for funding after the initial $78 million allocation, was abolished in the 2013/14 State Government Budget.  P225 Budget Paper  The only other source of funding to which they can apply together with all other regional communities is the ‘Strategic Regional Projects’.  The funding to this body has been significantly cut over the next 4 years decreasing to just $13.3 million in 2016/17.  P153 MYR

The vision for the program was articulated by the Premier Colin Barnett and the Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls in the Forward of a number of the growth plans including the Katanning Growth and Implementation Plan

The State’s population is set to double over the next 40 years to almost 4.5 million people. We want to ensure regional areas can accommodate some of this population growth to ease pressure on metropolitan Perth and create strong, vibrant regional communities.

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