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.
Federal Election Blog: Road safety: what needs to happen at this election
The newly minted sign held up this morning on Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove by a volunteer for the LNP candidate’s campaign for the seat of Ryan said: Will fix local roads.
A welcome commitment you might think. But it depends on what you understand by the term “fix”.
Waterworks Rd, for example, is Brisbane City Council’s responsibility, not the federal government’s. Certainly, the council would welcome any help from Canberra in paying for its maintenance, but it remains a local government road.
Across the country, local roads suffer a significant under-investment which is having an increasing impact on both the efficiency of freight movements and the quality of road safety.
That federal candidates have taken the trouble to address local roads in their campaigning for the 18 May election shows that the voting public regard the issue as important.
The Morrison Government last month announced a substantial funding increase for road maintenance, a decision that was welcomed but in truth it only went part of the way towards repairing the road infrastructure deficit around Australia.
For example, the Government revealed a 25 percent boost to Roads to Recovery funding over the next five years, which translates into an average $20 million a year increase in funding for local roads in Queensland.
However, the Australian Local Government Association’s State of the Assets report estimates that around 11 percent of local government transport assets, with a replacement value of around $20 billion, are in poor or very poor condition and in need of urgent maintenance or renewal.
So, a welcome boost to necessary funding but not enough.
ALGA and the LGAQ are calling on all parties contesting the poll to commit to investing $800 million a year into Roads to Recovery to help plug the deficit in road infrastructure funding in local government.
That deficit represents an overall underspend of $1.2 billion a year, an outcome which directly affects road safety in Australia.
A commitment to improving road safety is included in the LGAQ’s seven-point federal election plan. With its pre-Budget announcement last month, the Liberal National Party coalition has addressed the issue, albeit only partially.
While Labor has signed up to some big spending road and transport infrastructure programs in Queensland if it wins the election, not a lot of them involve local roads, where half of road crashes happen. Moreover, far more deaths occur on rural and regional roads than on metropolitan roads.
Time for Labor and the other parties to come clean on where they stand regarding specific commitments to Roads to Recovery, the Black Spot program and other vital road safety programs.
Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006