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State funding cuts to regions concerning

29 October 2010

South Australian Local Government representatives will today be asked to vote on a motion opposing State Government's proposal to significantly cut funding to Regional Development Australia bodies by 2013 and to Business Enterprise Centres this year.

The Local Government Association's Annual General Meeting is being held in Adelaide today. The meeting is attended by delegates from SA's 68 Councils.

The LGA has written to the Minister for Regional Development, Michael O'Brien and the Minister for Industry and Trade, Tom Koutsantonis expressing concern at the proposed withdrawal of State funding for RDA committees and has met with the Chairman of Regional Development SA, Rob Kerin to develop strategies to ensure the continuation of the committees.

The LGA also met with the Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean, in early October to discuss regional funding opportunities and concerns with the proposed withdrawal of State funding for RDA bodies.

The Motion before today's meeting asks the LGA to brief Federal Parliamentarians about the contribution of regional SA to the economic growth of the nation and notes with concern 'that the State Government, as flagged in the 2010 Budget release, has resolved to significantly reduce expenditure and commitment to regional development in South Australia by 2013'.

The motion, put forward by Barossa Council, notes that the State Government's intention is contrary to the intent of the South Australian Strategic Plan, the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide and the outcome of recent extensive negotiations with the Federal Government on an MOU to merge Regional Economic Development Boards with the new RDA structures.

For further information: Media Liaison Officer Mary Ann Stenberg 0428 860 274

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