Far West Initiative
The NSW Government established the Far West Initiative in response to recommendations from the Independent Local Government Review Panel and as part of the Fit for the Future reform package.
The Far West Initiative brings together eight local councils (i.e. Balranald, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Cobar, Walgett and Wentworth with the Unincorporated Area), non-government organisations (NGOs) and key government agencies to:
- ensure local government is well placed to support and address the unique challenges and complex needs of their local communities while considering broader reforms needed across all three levels of government in Far West NSW
- improve service delivery in Far West NSW
- provide better community outcomes.
Who is leading the initiative?
Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton is leading the Initiative.
The NSW Government established the Far West Initiative Advisory Committee in 2014. The Committee is chaired by former Member for Murray-Darling John Williams. Current Committee members include representatives from:
- the eight Far West councils
- the regional Aboriginal assembly
- NGO service providers
- NSW Government
- Commonwealth Government.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet and Office of Local Government are coordinating the work of the Advisory Committee.
Further information is available on the Fit for the Future website.