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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.

The centrepiece of the LGAQ’s election plan is the restoration of Financial Assistance Grants 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 face unique challenges and look to the Federal Government for their support and leadership.

Queensland is Australia's most decentralised state.

Over 58% of the land area of Queensland is drought declared in January 2019.

Over 20% of our councils are discrete indigenous councils.

We have the Great Barrier Reef, supporting 64,000 jobs and generating economic activity estimated at $6.4 billion per year.

Our state is the most impacted by natural disasters, with a projected total economic cost of $18.3 billion per annum by 2050.

Our councils employ nearly 40,000 people and manage public assets worth a combined $155 billion.

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.  

ALGA Website

Watch Watch

Formally addressing drought

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Addressing the infrastructure cliff

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Closing the gap this Federal election

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Restoration of Financial Assistance Grants

Mayor Jenny Hill of Townsville City Council talks about what restoration of Financial Assistance Grants to 1 per cent of Commonwealth taxation revenue means for local communities.

Heading into 2019 and a Federal election

LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam speaks about key issues for Queensland local government in 2019, including the federal election and the need to advocate on the restoration of Financial Assistance Grants.

A genuine commitment to the Great Barrier Reef

Hear from Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox on why the Great Barrier Reef needs to be an election priority.

Improving road safety and sustainability

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers on why roads need to be highlighted this Federal election.

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Galloping into a federal election

With the Federal election scheduled for 18 May. The Australian Local Government Association and the LGAQ were straight out of the blocks, pitching our 7-point plan with the prime ask a restoration of financial assistance grants to 1% of federal taxation revenue.

Federal election blog: Candidates beware: mayors are not happy

How the parties respond to the LGAQ;s seven-point plan will draw a picture about the extent to which whoever wins government on 18 May will unlock local community potential.

More federal money, faster for local communities equals more jobs

Local councils in Queensland have called on Canberra to kickstart regional economies through a fairer deal on financial assistance grants it delivers to local communities.

ROC Assembly meets ahead of election

The State’s Regional Organisation of Councils met this week to discuss advocacy priorities ahead of an imminent federal election.

Regional councils say Federal grants are key

This week's Assembly of Queensland’s Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs) reaffirms the pressing need for Federal Financial Assistance Grants

Councils call for a fairer funding go from Canberra

Queensland councils have put federal election candidates on notice that a fairer injection of cash from Canberra is needed.

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