Innovation funding applications open to small communities

COUNCILS in rural and regional NSW that are not part of a merger proposal and have communities of less than 10,000 people can apply for a one-off Innovation Fund grant.

Member for Lismore Thomas George encouraged Kyogle Council to apply, to help the community address its challenges.

"Small regional and rural communities face unique issues and challenges and the Innovation Fund recognises that one size does not fit all NSW councils," he said.

"The grants are being offered over two $2 million rounds to help eligible councils and their communities develop new ideas and new ways of working to provide better services and better infrastructure for their communities.

"This might include developing more efficient processes, different ways of delivering services, sharing resources with other councils, or using technology to help overcome the challenge of distance."

Mr George said the Innovation Fund demonstrates the NSW Government's commitment to supporting rural and regional Councils.

"It is vital that communities have confidence their council is financially sound, operating efficiently and is in a strong position to guide community growth and deliver quality services," he said.

He said the State Goverment is also offering more than $5 million in seed funding to establish new regional Joint Organisations.

Joint Organisations help councils work together with the Government on regional issues.



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