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
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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.
Councils call for a fairer funding go from Canberra
Queensland councils have put federal election candidates on notice that their communities want a dramatic increase in the amount of financial assistance grants the Federal Government distributes to local communities, saying vital facilities such as libraries, parks and roads need a fairer injection of cash from Canberra.
Delegates at the Local Government Association of Queensland’s annual conference in Brisbane unanimously resolved to lobby the Federal Government to restore untied grants funding to the equivalent of at least 1 percent of total Commonwealth taxation revenue.
The vote assures that boosting untied grants to local communities will top the policy wish list councils across Australia will deliver to political parties contesting the next Federal election, due by May next year.
LGAQ President and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the call by councils would merely restore the level of grants to where they were more than 20 years ago.
“These grants are a critical source of funding for councils, but in relative terms, they have declined by around 43 percent over the past 20 years and now amount to only 0.55% (2018) of Commonwealth taxation revenue,” he said.
“Local communities deserve a much better deal from Canberra than that.”
Mayor Jamieson said many Queensland councils relied on Commonwealth grants to properly fund community infrastructure like road maintenance and assets.
“The reality is that local councils in Australia collect just 3 percent of the total national taxation take through rates yet need to manage and maintain 33 percent of the nation’s public assets,” he said.
“A boost to financial assistance grants would allow us to provide a more equitable level of services to our communities.”
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