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national study produced by Ernst and Young looking at investment into local infrastructure at the National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) in Canberra, attended by about 850 councilors. The results of a Commonwealth Government commissioned study into prioritising and financing local government infrastructure was unveiled by the Minister for Local Government, Simon Crean. There were three broad themes around 13 recommendations: Recommendations to enable councils to leverage existing funding sources for investment in new infrastructure; Recommendations to improve councils access to cost effective finance and Enabling recommendations to improve councils ability to identify and develop infrastructure and gain access to specialist necessary to deliver innovative financing solutions. Among the recommendations is the suggestion that the Australian Government investigates establishing a national financing authority for local government which would have a mandate to invest directly in local government programs. The authority would have the ability to bundle approved council borrowings into a limited number of bond issues, which could be underwritten by the Australian Government. Responsibility for infrastructure is currently divided among three levels of government and the approach to investment varies across jurisdictions. The Ernst and Young report recommends that the Australian Government develop a portal to consolidate information and application material relating to local government grants program. The report acknowledges that the Australian Government has a role in helping the local government sector create sustainable revenue streams that would provide a direct link between those who benefit from new investments and those who pay for them. For example, it suggests that Tax Increment Financing would give councils an additional way to generate revenue from existing property owners who will benefit from new infrastructure. To access the report, visit http://www.regional.gov.au/local/lgifr/index. Good Governance Continues Funding has been received by LGANT from FaHCSIA for one year for the Local Boards Governance Support Project. This project aims to provide a foundation for the support and training being provided to remote Shire boards by councils and DHLGRS, particularly those with strong representation of local Aboriginal people. This project will enhance the governance capacity of Aboriginal people taking leadership and representative roles in the local government context. The project will: Conduct a skills audit of local boards members throughout the Northern Territory Develop an ongoing training program including the development of shire specific resources Develop a monitoring and evaluation framework https://mail.alga.asn.au/owa/redir.aspx?C=1e88bb68f2c84141b4d8e22687a5c741&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.regional.gov.au%2flocal%2flgifr%2findex.aspx