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Councils pitch for new directions on funding, essential infrastructure, reef protection
Local Government 10 Point Plan released
A commitment to a $500 million baseline funding model, more money for protection of the Great Barrier Reef and a special program to support child literacy are highlights of a comprehensive list of policy proposals put forward by local councils ahead of the looming State election.
The Local Government Association of Queensland’s 10 Point Election Plan calls on all parties contesting the poll to commit to a range of funding proposals and policy changes aimed at improving the liveability of local communities and strengthening regional economies.
The LGAQ has given first priority to its call for a minimum of $500 million annually for an allocative, outcome focused program, building on the successful Works for Queensland model which puts councils at the centre of deciding which projects most readily meet the community’s needs and aspirations.
LGAQ President Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said such a program would ensure councils remained ideal partners with the government of the day to deliver new jobs and maintain existing jobs across Queensland.
'As the level of government closest to the community, strong local employers and reliable drivers of regional economies right across the State, councils are best placed to deliver initiatives aimed at bolstering local jobs growth, designing smart cities, improving water and wastewater services and pursuing economic development opportunities,' he said.
'It is better for local communities and much more efficient for councils to have access to an ongoing source of funds for such projects.'
The plan also calls for councils to receive $44 million in funding for programs to better manage waste and natural resources, protect the Great Barrier Reef, adapt to climate change, and reduce the harm caused by weeds, pests and feral animals.
Other proposals include:
- $20 million over four years for the First 5 Forever Family Literacy Initiative delivered through public libraries
- $110 million to maintain State Government Financial Aid in real terms and other funding for indigenous councils, and
- A rejection of any move to introduce mandatory development assessment panels to maintain local government’s autonomy in urban planning.
The LGAQ 10 Point Election Plan can be found here http://bit.ly/201710PointPlan
Local Government Association of Queensland
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