Local Governments Address Common Regional and Rural Issue

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The Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly was recently held in Canberra, with representative from across the state attending the assembly including Mayors of Streaky Bay, Kimba and Tumby Bay in attendance. 

The meeting addressed serval long term issues many rural communities are facing including access to medical practitioners and attracting incentives for them to stay in remote communities.

Other motions presented and are set to be assessed in the coming year include providing incentives for rural and regional Councils to create micro systems for effective and efficient water storage and management systems to accommodate domestic use, establishing a regional focus for waste management systems with aims to develop a more entrepreneurial framework and provide funding and support for migrant workers with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) backgrounds to fill rural demands on work force skill shortages.

Streaky Bay Mayor Travis Barber said “It was definitely good to know we are not alone and the issues we face are those many other rural and remote Councils are also experiencing”.