FEDERAL ELECTION PRIORITIES – With 15 days until the Federal Election, if you haven’t already done so, please make sure your council moves to endorse the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) 12 key federal election asks and that you take all necessary action to support this advocacy.
We are asking the incoming government to:
1. Repair federal funding to local government
2. Realise the productive potential of Australia’s freight routes
3. Boost safety on local roads
4. Promote equitable access to community services
5. Protect communities from the impacts of natural disasters
6. Support communities with their climate change response
7. Promote healthier communities
8. Foster Indigenous well-being and prosperity
9. Support communities on their digital transformation journeys
10. Strengthen Australia’s circular economy
11. Support local government’s current work in addressing affordable housing and homelessness issues, and
12. Address the South Australian road funding anomaly
See the ALGA All Politics is Local website which contains comprehensive information on each of the above, plus some terrific materials for mayors, councillors, and communication teams (including infographics, media release templates and messaging guides).
KEEP CAMPAIGNING FOR FAIRER FUNDING – Also, a reminder to keep supporting the national campaign for fairer federal funding – specifically an increase in financial assistance grants from 0.55 to one per cent of total Commonwealth revenue. Councils need proper funding, especially as they must manage 33 per cent of the nation’s infrastructure with just three per cent of total public sector tax receipts. Make sure you have a look at the council advocacy kit and act now. Email Kylie Yates, LGNSW Advocacy Director, with questions or feedback or to let us know if you adopt a council resolution.
LOCAL STRATEGIC PLANNING STATEMENTS – We have been formally advised that Planning Minister Rob Stokes is still considering our request to extend the deadline for submitting local strategic planning statements, and appreciates the urgency of this issue, particularly for metropolitan councils. We will advise members as soon as a decision is communicated to us. If you have any questions, please contact LGNSW Strategy Manager, Jane Partridge.
RECOVERING ROADS TO RECOVERY FUNDING – We’re calling upon the federal government to fix a shortfall in Roads to Recovery funding announced in this year’s budget. The base funding for the next five years was increased. However, the total program funding is $700 million less than it was for the previous five year program. If you have any examples of ways in which this impacts your local area that may assist with our advocacy on your behalf, please email LGNSW Senior Policy Officer, Sanjiv Sathiah.
PREPARING FOR CONFERENCE & SAVE THE DATE– Our Policy Review Working Committee met yesterday to review updates to LGNSW’s position statements, based on feedback from member councils – including through conference resolutions. This is an important piece of work, particularly in the lead up to the 2019 LGNSW Annual Conference. Please save the date (14-16 October 2019) and note that you can book accommodation and travel via our website or email our events team for information. Please start thinking about motions your council might put forward as we will call for them soon.
Next week I will be on the road again and am looking forward to hosting a summit in Temora and also meeting up independently with several other councils in the region.