President’s Update – 17 June 2024

Local government inquiry update

We look forward to presenting to Parliament’s inquiry into local government sustainability after recently lodging our evidence-based submission.

This inquiry is a valuable opportunity to outline the value and services we are delivering in our communities and highlight the funding reforms our sector needs to be sustainable.

I encourage you to continue to engage with your local federal members and senators about the need for financial sustainability, including the importance of restoring Financial Assistance Grants to at least one per cent of Commonwealth taxation revenue.

Together we can highlight how our communities can grow and thrive with more sustainable funding and better partnerships into the future.

LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium

On behalf of Australia’s councils, it was an honour to speak at the Local Government New Zealand Infrastructure Symposium via Zoom last week.

We share a close bond with the Kiwis, as ALGA and LGNZ have enjoyed a strong Trans-Tasman working relationship over many years.

I highlighted our nation couldn’t survive without the vast network of local roads and community infrastructure – managed by our councils – that Australians use and depend on every day.

I also outlined the recent advocacy wins we have achieved to secure more funding for councils to maintain and revitalise our vital local assets.

National Press Club address

Finally, a limited number of tickets are still available for my National Press Club speech on Tuesday 2 July.

To celebrate our 30th year of gathering in Canberra, I will deliver a televised lunchtime address to highlight the importance of future-proofing local government in Australia.

I hope to see you there.