O’Loughlin to continue as ALGA President

The Australia Local Government Association (ALGA) has re-elected Mayor David O’Loughlin as president at its annual general meeting in Alice Springs earlier this week.

The City of Prospect mayor has served on the ALGA Board for five and a half years, including as its president for the past two years.

"I will continue to fight for fairer funding for councils across the country," Mayor O'Loughlin said.

"The major policy change that we're seeking at the election is for local government's Financial Assistance Grants to be restored to at least 1% of total Commonwealth taxation revenue (CTR), levels last seen in 1996 when the current grant scheme was established.

"This funding has been systematically eroded over the past 20 years by successive governments. It has not kept up with the everyday consumer price index let alone the Local Government Price Index and has now fallen to just under 0.55% of CTR.

"No electorate or community has escaped the consequences, with less money available for road safety improvements, upgrading crumbling bridges, rejuvenating or expanding local parks, or replacing older club rooms, halls and libraries and other assets that make up the fabric of our local communities.

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