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.
Regional councils say Federal grants are key
ROC Communique February 2019
This month's Assembly of Queensland’s Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs) reaffirms the pressing need for Federal Financial Assistance Grants, the mechanism used to return some of the Commonwealth’s taxation revenue back to local communities, to be restored to at least 1 percent of that revenue. Thirty three percent of the nation’s public infrastructure is delivered by local councils yet through rates they are only able to access 3% of total government taxation revenue. The federal government, of both sides of politics, over the last two decades have diminished their contribution to this task.
ROCs express concern at the reluctance of both the Federal Government and Opposition to recognise the importance of a properly funded grants program to the delivery of well-maintained, well-resourced infrastructure to local communities.
We acknowledge the call to effectively double the level of untied grants under this program is a political challenge. However, we also acknowledge the need for a step change in political and policy thinking to help restore public trust in government, particularly at a federal level.
Local councils can and do partner with both federal and state governments to implement vital policy programs that create jobs, build more liveable cities, assist communities cope with drought and natural disaster, protect our unique natural assets such as the Great Barrier Reef and help Close the Gap in relation to indigenous disadvantage.
All these are admirable policy goals, but just as vital is an ongoing commitment to providing the services and infrastructure local communities cherish and use every day. Councils understand this more than any other level of government, and appeal to all parties contesting the federal election to work with them to deliver what local communities need by using just 1 percent of the total taxes Australians pay Canberra.
ROCs also express admiration for the resilience and ingenuity of regions coping with ongoing drought and recent flooding in north Queensland.
Local Government Association of Queensland
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