Taking your calls to Canberra – This week we met with Local Government Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie and Shadow Minister Stephen Jones MP to take up the case for significantly increased federal funding for local governments. See ALGA’s federal election priorities.
Local governments across Australia receive a mere three per cent of federal taxation revenue, yet we support 33 per cent of Australia’s infrastructure: we need a fair share for local government. If you haven’t met with your local federal and state election candidates to urge them to support our 2019 NSW Election Priorities, please do so and share on social media!
PLANNING ADVOCACY WIN: Liberal/National commitment – We’ve had a long-fought for win this week, with the NSW Government announcing it will establish an independent building commissioner to oversee responsibility for the safety and quality of construction. A stronger regulatory framework for the building industry and tighter regulation of private certifiers is well overdue. We will continue to advocate for the Opposition to also support this important reform.
PLANNING ADVOCACY WIN: Labor Commitment – Our pre-election advocacy on planning issues is paying off with NSW Labor announcing it would ban spot rezoning by developers if it wins government, but maintain the right for councils to conduct spot rezonings. Read more.
This important reform to the NSW planning system will return more planning control back to councils and communities, and improve focus on a better strategic planning system for the public good. See 2019 NSW Election Priority #4.
ROAD FUNDING ADVOCACY WIN: LGNSW has also long fought for increased road and transport infrastructure funding, and thus welcomes NSW Labor’s commitment to a $900 million funding boost for rural and regional roads if elected. Long-term underinvestment in rural and regional roads has created a $1.7 billion investment backlog and, if this $900 million announcement represents new funding, it will help plug that gap. Read more in our media release and see 2019 NSW Election Priority #3.
Liberal/National commitment on mobile phone coverage – We welcome NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s promise this week to use the proceeds of the sale of Snowy Hydro to build mobile phone towers so that regional NSW becomes ‘black-spot free’.
YOU’RE INVITED: Recycling campaign - Thousands of NSW residents have responded to our Save Our Recycling campaign survey with early results showing strong support for a statewide plan funded by the waste levy. If you haven’t already done so, please urge your council to sign up and pass a mayoral minute. To join the campaign, you’re invited to join us at The Mint, Sydney, on 6 March 2019 for our Save Our Recycling Election Summit. Find out more and register online.
Photos: (left to right): LGNSW Board Director Regional Rural Cr Phyllis Miller and President Linda Scott with Shadow Minister for Local Government Stephen Jones; meeting with Local Government Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie in Canberra.