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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: