Research into local government financing and services

Research into local government financing and services

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Swan Hill Rural City Council seized the opportunity to contribute to the inquiry into local government funding and services. Submissions closed on Friday 28 June and Swan Hill Rural City Council was one of around 105 submissions received from both individuals and organisations wishing to have their say. The public hearing began this week.

The council’s mayor, Cr Stuart King, highlighted that the submission process allowed the council to provide valuable insight into its grassroots activities. He said: “In preparing the submission, we took the opportunity to tell our full story, highlighting the unique characteristics of our municipality and providing clarity on the specific issues that impact on the delivery of services.”

“The submission process allowed us to tell the story behind the data. Demonstrating and explaining how funding received from both the state and federal government translates into real life impact was a valuable process to work through,” Cr King added.

Councillor King stressed: “The Council’s highest priority is to maintain financial sustainability, not only now but also into the future.”

In the submission, the council highlighted the need to review the entire local government funding model. “We believe that having the right funding structure to work with will ensure the efficient and effective delivery of core services across the council,” Cr King said.

Swan Hill Rural City Council’s submission to the Local Government Funding and Services Inquiry is available to view on the Victorian Parliament website. It can be accessed here: https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/49ec5d/contentassets/79c5e25f1b574ffcb7b8278d511f04dd/submission-documents/058.-swan-hill-rural-city-council_redacted.pdf

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