THE Local Government Association of South Australia has called on the state government to develop a population strategy to ensure future sustainability for rural and regional communities.
Association president Lorraine Rosenberg said a lack of population growth was holding the state back with regional areas hit the hardest.
“Fifty of our 68 councils are regional and they are telling us their communities need more people to prosper and in some cases remain viable.”
The association wants the population strategy to be funded and developed by the state government in consultation with councils.
The association suggests the strategy look at the impact of ageing rural populations on revenue and service deliveries, population growth and decline in and between regions, labour force and skills needed in communities, migration policies, maintaining and enhancing the liveability of of communities, the demand on infrastructure provision – particularly transport, community facilities, essential services, internet and the impacts of climate change.