The Local Government Association of Queensland’s has released its 10 Point Election Plan, setting out an agenda of proposals for funding of local government and infrastructure and seeking commitment by a future state government to social and community goals.
Amongst its key objectives, the document calls for:
funding to local government of a minimum of $500 million per annum plus indexation
By July 2019, a State Government grants and subsidies framework that enables greater certainty and long-term planning for councils to better manage their assets and revenue forecasts
a total of $44 million in funding for programs to better manage waste and natural resources, protect the Great Barrier Reef, adapt to climate change, and reduce the harm caused by weeds, pests and feral animals.
$20 million over four years for the First 5 Forever Family Literacy Initiative delivered through public libraries
$110 million to maintain State Government Financial Aid in real terms and other funding for indigenous councils,
A rejection of any move to introduce mandatory development assessment panels to maintain local government’s autonomy in urban planning.