Media release - Good news for those on the (cross) border line

13 June 2018

The local government sector has welcomed a new $20 million fund for border towns, designed to level the playing field for communities forced to navigate a range of state-based regulations

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott said the announcement by Regional Minister and Deputy Premier John Barilaro was a win for border communities and a win for common sense.

“Local Government NSW has consistently campaigned in support of border councils and their communities on this issue, and this move is well overdue,” Clr Scott said.

“Many NSW Border councils and residents face differing regulation and licensing requirements, legal and planning systems and emergency services, to name just a few, and it’s this daily duality that prompted councils to call on the NSW Government to appoint a Cross-Border Commissioner in 2012.

“Local Government NSW welcomes the fact that the current Cross-Border Commissioner, James McTavish, has overseen agreements with both Queensland and the ACT, and continues to work towards a similar arrangement with Victoria.

“The $20 million NSW Cross-Border Commissioner’s Infrastructure Fund (CBCIF) will put real meat on the bones of these agreements.”

The CBCIF is designed to help identify priority infrastructure projects which offer social, economic, environmental or cultural benefits to cross-border communities.

It will be used to build infrastructure that requires co-investment from the neighbouring state.

“Deputy Premier Barilaro has already nominated electricity supply, telecommunications, water access and social or sporting infrastructure as examples of projects which may be eligible for funding,” Clr Scott said.

“This fund is a terrific step forward for our border communities, and it goes to show what we can achieve when all tiers of government work together,” Clr Scott said.

The Federal Government has already pledged $300 million funding to help fix inconsistent rules and regulations which make it difficult to do business across state borders.


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