A new program to retain more young people in regional local government careers has been launched.
The Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) Youth Development Program is one of five initiatives that have received a total of $5 million in funding over two years to improve the capacity of regional local government.
The program is being funded by the Royalties for Regions Country Local Government Fund through the Department of Local Government and Communities' capacity building program.
Young people up to the age of 30 who are already employed in regional local government will be able to participate in the program.
As well as career opportunities, participants will get the chance to put forward ideas for future community development and ways of meeting the needs of the local and wider community.
Other projects set to take place include support for local governments to develop closer links with community organisations and the provision of an online information management tool.
Since 2013, DLGC's capacity building program, through the Country Local Government Fund, has provided more than $10 million in support for Western Australian local councils.