MORE FUNDING: Maranoa councillor David Schefe on the conference panel.
MORE FUNDING: Maranoa councillor David Schefe on the conference panel. Maranoa Regional Council

Fighting for local government funding paramount

LOCAL government from New South Wales has joined the fight for external funding, after Maranoa councillor David Schefe discussed the precipice of the "infrastructure cliff” faced by our region.

In an effort to learn from each other and solve common issues with regards to essential infrastructure, Utilities Cr David Schefe attended the Local Government New South Wales Local Water Advisory Policy Group and Water Management Conference last week.

Heading the conference for Queensland, Cr Schefe said the main issue had been the pulling back of funding to local government from state and federal governments.

"Under-investment in infrastructure is a major concern to local government in both states - In particular for essential services like our water and sewerage infrastructure,” Cr Schefe said.

"The looming 'infrastructure cliff' whereby our water and sewerage infrastructure is rapidly reaching its end of life, water security and the effects of dealing with one of the worst droughts on

record, puts all local governments in an extremely vulnerable position.

"There was consensus that local government is best placed to deliver infrastructure to suit community needs.

"This is an opportunity for local government for both states to work together to secure more funding for infrastructure and I am positive we will see more collaboration between our two states moving forward.

"External funding is extremely important for small or medium size councils with small rate bases such as Maranoa Regional Council.”