‘We need to act collectively in ensuring that our local governments respond effectively and accountably to the needs of local communities.’

This was the call made by the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Bala while speaking at the Commonwealth Local Government Regional Network Meeting in Suva today.

“We need to ensure that councils have the necessary policies, capacity and resources to deliver core services.

Bala also stated that forum would create a good opportunity for regional members to learn from each other and collectively develop workable and locally appropriate solutions to shared challenges.

The two-day forum will end tomorrow.

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