In just over a week's time, delegates from across Australia will gather in Ballarat, Victoria for the 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress. With a Federal election expected in less than a year, this is a crucial time to not only develop policy and strategy to influence the thinking of the Federal parties, but to think long-term about the priorities of local government in their own backyards.
A key event of the Congress will be the launch of the case for a Community Infrastructure Program. This is a proposal to enable councils to undertake much-needed work on vital assets in the community, such as community halls, libraries, recreational facilities and parks. Not only will this improve the quality of life in communities, but it will also have tangible financial benefits through job creation.
The Congress continues to receive strong support from Federal politicians from both Government and Opposition. ALGA is especially pleased to have the new Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, choose the Congress as his first opportunity to present to a national local government audience.
It is not too late to register, please visit the ALGA website for information.