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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.


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

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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.

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Federal election blog: the sleeper issue of the campaign

Monday, 15 April 2019

Every now and then, the media hits upon something that moves people outside of the daily political narrative dominated by the major parties.  The pundits call these “sleeper” issues. That is, issues that don’t get much attention in the hour-by-hour arm wrestle that is modern political campaigning but matter to voters all the same.

The Great Barrier Reef is a sleeper issue in this campaign

Reports about how much the Reef is under stress have been a regular feature of news bulletins and newspaper headlines for the past decade. However, the solutions as to what to do about relieving that stress have often fallen victim to the political argy-bargy over climate change policy.

Whether climate change is man-made or not is an argument fraught with uncertainty and political battle lines. But what is certain is that the Reef is suffering. And, as with other climate related impacts, the level of government that is most aware of the daily changes occurring on the Reef as a result of this stress is local government.

Hear from Whitsundays Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox, about why the Reef should be a key issue this Federal election. 


The Great Barrier Reef contributes $6.4 billion every year to the national economy. For regions like Douglas Shire, the Reef, combined with the Daintree National Park, generates 80 percent of all economic activity.  It is a $60 Billion asset and it needs to be maintained with the same care as we would with any other infrastructure of that value.

The councils within the Reef’s catchment collectively invest about $230 million a year in protecting and managing the values of the Reef through coastal and waterway protection and rehabilitation, land use planning initiatives, stormwater management, sewerage treatment upgrades and community education and awareness. But it is not enough.

The Reef Guardian councils are among the principal organisations working to protect this most iconic of Australia’s natural assets. They meet regularly to discuss the latest proposed policy, strategic responses and stress the importance of working collaboratively to protect the Reef’s future.

They do this by contributing to the policies and actions being undertaken through the Reef 2050 Plan.

Given all this and the importance of the Great Barrier Reef to job creation and business investment, local government’s ask of $57 million in federal funds over seven years to help councils protect the Reef is modest to say the least. And councils have practical solutions that will make a real difference.

It’s a sleeper issue all right, but not one that is going to cost the Earth. Unless we ignore it.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006