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.
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.
Formally addressing drought
Droughts and flooding rains. The deluge in the north has not meant an end to the drought in much of Queensland. Hear from McKinlay Shire Council Mayor Belinda Murphy.
Addressing the infrastructure cliff
This Federal election #QLD councils are asking for support to renew essential infrastructure. Hear from Maranoa Regional Councillor David Schefe on why essential infrastructure needs urgent attention.
Closing the gap this Federal election
This Federal Election Queensland indigenous communities need a formal and genuine commitment to redressing housing disadvantage. Hear from Mayor Vonda Malone from Torres Shire Council on why we can't ignore this issue any longer.
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.
Climate change: a few dollars goes a long way
Amid the noisy debate about who is profiting from water buybacks, so-called gaffes about policy detail and the ongoing argument over the benefits or otherwise of opening up the Galilee Basin to coal mining, some issues in this election are just not getting the attention they deserve.
With Labor leader Bill Shorten in north Queensland over the next couple of days, it’s timely to look at one of those issues. Climate change needs no leg up in terms of its presence in this election campaign. But the arguments over Adani have tended to focus on how this development would affect the nation’s obligations to reduce emissions to stop climate change happening. While this might play out well on the national stage, it has its problems at the local level, where attention to climate change is naturally less about the big picture and more about adapting to the impacts it will have on house prices, jobs and the cost of living.
Mr Shorten has said he will take back the $443 million the Coalition government granted to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation last year. He says he will take advice on where the money should be invested.
Well, here’s some advice. Local councils in Queensland are efficient and effective in their use of public money to pursue a range of actions on behalf of their communities. Reef protection is one of these. Councils help make sure the range of reef protection regulations covering activities as diverse of sewerage treatment to aquaculture are being met. It may not be the sort of stuff that grabs headlines but it matters a whole lot to the future health of the reef.
And cost? A lot less than $443 million. In fact, an investment in $57 million on water quality management is all councils are asking for regarding their stewardship of the Reef at this federal election campaign.
In other areas to do with combatting climate change, like eradicating pests and weeds and biosecurity, the ambitions of local government are modest in dollar terms but full of potential.
Time for Bill Shorten, Scott Morrison and the parties they lead to take note of local government’s role in battling climate change.
Local Government Association of Queensland
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