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Far West Initiative

Better Outcomes for local communities into the future

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 Panel identified the need for a new approach to governance in the Far West that would improve service delivery in the region and provide better community outcomes.

The Far West Initiative brings together eight local councils: Balranald, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Cobar, Walgett and Wentworth with the Unincorporated Area, non-government organisations (NGOs) and key government agencies to develop solutions for the unique challenges faced by communities in Far West NSW.

Initially the focus of the Initiative is on ensuring 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.

Further Information can be found on the NSW Government Fit for the Future website at

Council's submission can be downloaded here:


Media Release

MORE TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF THE FAR WEST – media release Friday 28 October 2016 by Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole

 Communities and councils across Far Western NSW till now have until 16 December to provide feedback on the proposed new governance model for the region.

 The Far West Initiative consultation and background paper was released in August 2016 and community consultation sessions to discuss the different options have been held across the region.

 “Due to recent flooding and extreme weather in the region, consultation sessions were rescheduled and additional sessions have been added,” Mr Toole said.

 “By listening to the communities; feedback and allowing for extra time on the consultation paper, we can ensure that all views are heard.”

 “It is crucial that everyone has the opportunity to attend a session and take part in the process and this extra time will ensure that this happens.”

 Mr Toole said so far around 800 people had attended Far West Initiative consultation sessions.”

 “It is great to see that so many people have taken part in these sessions and already provided feedback on the options for reform,” Mr Toole said.

 “This feedback will play a vital role in determining the future governance of the Far west and shaping the next steps in developing the Far West Initiative.”

 Details of the community consultation sessions can be found at: