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State and Local Governments Sign New Agreement

17 May 2012

Joint media release between Premier Jay Weatherill, Minister for State/Local Government Relations Hon Russell Wortley, and LGA President Mayor Kym McHugh

The working relationship between State and local government in South Australia has been strengthened with the signing of a new State/Local Government Relations Agreement.

Premier Jay Weatherill and LGA President Mayor Kym McHugh this morning signed the agreement, which was witnessed by State/Local Government Relations Minister Russell Wortley.

"The community expects governments to work together and this agreement will underpin our ongoing productive working relationship," Mr Weatherill said.

"The State Government has identified seven strategic priorities for South Australia and we will need the co-operation of the State's 68 councils to deliver the best outcomes for the community."

Mayor McHugh said he was pleased that Mr Weatherill and Mr Wortley had worked collaboratively with the LGA to finalise the new agreement.

"We don't always agree but I'm convinced SA has a higher level of cooperation and effective communication between governments than in any other State or Territory," he said.

"In areas of planning and development reforms, infrastructure, regional development and investment and in recycling and water security, it is vital that we form partnerships with the State Government.

"I think we see less heat and more light being shed on these topics and that leads to more effective solutions for our communities."

Mr Wortley said past successes of the agreement include winning Federal funds for sewage and stormwater recycling, climate change initiatives and recycling programs.

"We also continue to work together to ensure the viability of the River Murray and South Australian river communities," he said.

"This Agreement formalises the cooperative and constructive relationship shared between local and state government in South Australia which is not prevalent in other parts of country."

The forerunner to today's agreement was established in 2004. The Agreement builds on earlier Memoranda of Understanding between 1991 and 1998.

For further information contact Jason Gillick on 0417 152 137 or Mary Ann Stenberg on 0428 860 274.

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