In Australia there has been a lot of talk lately about the pros and cons of amalgamating local government authorities. Is it more cost effective?  If so, does it necessarily come at the cost of locally responsive government?

Local government authorities in regional Australia certainly face a big challenge.  How do you advance an innovative local vision for future development and sustainable service delivery off a small revenue  base?  Rural and remote shires are constrained by the limits of the rate revenue base and the Local Government Grants system.

Red Ochre has demonstrated part of the answer lies in a capacity to effectively compete for and leverage resources and support from a much broader range of programs and organisations.  A small investment in producing high quality funding proposals backed up by a detailed plan of action is often the difference.

Members of our team have worked successfully with local government on projects such as essential service management systems, a  local festival and a community development project aimed at increasing local Aboriginal employment (See our case studies).  The critical aspect in all these cases is that all of them were purposely designed to be expenditure neutral.

Regional development should not be just reliant on the financial resources of a shire.  The key ingredients are being able to give full expression to innovative ideas, show there is community support, demonstrate  commitment to working in partnership, harnessing local human resources and not falling down at the last hurdle by failing to submit a WOW!! proposal that stands out from the rest.

Members of our team have worked with the Shires of Torres Strait, Kondinin, Halls Creek, Wiluna, Mount Magnet and the Kimberley Development Commission.  Our team is experienced and able to offer a service that will deliver every time.


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