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FEDERAL ELECTION 2019

What local communities Need
A 7 Point Plan for QLD Local Government

The Local Government Association of Queensland is advocating for the needs of Queensland communities in this year’s federal election. Queensland communities deserve a guarantee that at least 1 per cent of the taxes Australians pay Canberra is returned to local projects that are important to them.

Overview

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) is the peak body for the 77 local governments in Queensland.

Queensland local governments support the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) 2019 Federal Election Plan. Central to this, is support for the restoration of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) to at least 1 per cent of Commonwealth taxation revenue. Access to this level of revenue would enable local governments to better target the real challenges and opportunities facing their local communities.

Federal funding to local government also makes good public policy and economic sense boosting Australia’s Gross Domestic Product by over $1.4 billion and enabling national challenges to be responded to with local solutions.

Local infrastructure, job creation, social challenges and public amenity can be best addressed when decision making is targeted to each communities’ unique needs. Local government is best placed to do this.

Australian communities deserve a guarantee that at least 1 per cent of their taxes are returned to local projects that are important to them.

Queensland councils and their communities also face unique challenges and look to the Federal Government for their support and leadership.

Queensland local governments support the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) federal election plan. ALGA is the national voice of local government representing 537 councils across Australia. ALGA believes that all Australians, regardless of where they live, deserve equal access to services and infrastructure that will preserve and enhance their quality of life.

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