Appendix J : Local Government Incentive Programme 2000-01
In its May 1999 Budget, the Federal Government announced $7 million would be available over the next two years under a new Local Government Incentive Programme. This programme aimed to address the Government's priorities, particularly in regional Australia, and reinforce support for councils to improve their service delivery. In 1999-2000, grants were targeted to help councils prepare for implementation of the GST legislation to take effect on 1 July 2000.
In 2000-01, the focus of the Local Government Incentive Programme was on the three national priority areas of:
- activities that led to the adoption of best practice and sharing of technical expertise across councils;
- the promotion of an enhanced role for local government in leading their communities; and
- increasing the capacity of local government to contribute to regional development.
In keeping with the Government's emphasis on the needs of regional Australia, councils were asked to submit projects that benefited rural councils, or small and medium regional or urban fringe councils. Projects funded in 2000-01 are listed below, by State (see tables J.1 to J.8). The Federal Government provided funding of $4,268,620 in 2000-01 for 49 projects. The projects were undertaken in New South Wales (10), Victoria (8), Queensland (9), Western Australia (5), South Australia (5), Tasmania (3) and the Northern Territory (3). In addition the Commonwealth Government commissioned six projects.