Council to apply for innovation funding

Cobar Shire Council is looking to apply for one-off grant funding from the NSW Government’s $4 million Innovation Fund to install an electronic document management system.

The electronic system will help council to deliver better services and better infrastructure in the local community.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said small councils in rural and regional NSW who are not a part of a merger proposal and have communities of less than 10,000 people are eligible to apply for an innovation grant to help them more effectively address their particular challenges.

“Small regional and rural communities face unique issues and challenges and the Innovation Fund recognises that one size does not fit all NSW councils,” Mr Humphries said.

“The grants are being offered over two $2 million rounds to help eligible councils and their communities develop new ideas and new ways of working to provide better services and better infrastructure for their communities.

“This might include developing more efficient processes, different ways of delivering services, sharing resources with other councils, or using technology to help overcome the challenge of distance.”