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Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils

Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly


MEDIA RELEASE - Step in the Right Direction for Local Government and Local Communities

18 March 2009


MACROC President, Cr Anoulack Chanthivong, believes that Regional Development Australia, a joint Commonwealth-State body, will be the foundation of a new and more productive relationship between federal and state governments, with local government playing a much stronger role. 

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the two tiers of government and this agreement formalises arrangements around the creation of Regional Development Australia committees that will replace the federally funded Area Consultative Committees and the state Economic Development Boards. 

Cr Chanthivong said that the MOU formalises a model for the three levels of government to work in partnership for the benefit of local communities.
“This is the kind of whole of government approach that has been talked about for sometime but has never been entirely successful.  The new approach will see local, state and federal governments working collaboratively to maximise the benefits to the local community,” Cr Chanthivong said.

”The strong commitment to a bottom up rather than top down approach to regional development will assist the new committees in providing targeted initiatives that can improve regional economic performance."

"Membership for the new Regional Development Australia committees is currently being sought, and I know that Macarthur has no shortage of people with vision, leadership skills and a strong commitment to advocating for their community. I would encourage interested residents to submit an expression of interest,” Cr Chanthivong said.

More information on the Regional Development Australia committees can be found at

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Media Contact:

Cr Anoulack Chanthivong

Mobile: 0412 413 377



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