President’s Update – 18 December 2023

National General Assembly dates and motions

I am delighted to announce we are now accepting your council’s motions for our 2024 National General Assembly (NGA), to be held in Canberra from 2-4 July.

This is your opportunity to bring the issues and opportunities you are seeing in your communities to the national stage, and for us to speak with one voice to the Federal Government.

Our 2024 NGA theme is Building Community Trust, and we will be exploring the critical importance of trust in and between governments, institutions and citizens, and how we can continue to build on our reputation as trusted local delivery partner.

A discussion paper containing essential information, and outlining the criteria that NGA motions must meet can be downloaded here

Australia takes CHAMP pledge at COP28

Big news out of the United Nations COP28 World Climate Action Summit – in response to ALGA’s advocacy, I’m delighted to welcome the Federal Minister for Energy Chris Bowen’s commitment to join the Coalition for High Ambition Multilevel Partnerships (CHAMP).

Australian local governments have been committed to and championed climate action for more than two decades. A recent report showed around three quarters of Australian councils have set or are in the process of developing community emissions reduction targets and are working towards net zero.

The CHAMP pledge is an opportunity to deepen the partnership between the Australian Government and local governments to meet our community’s aspirations for increased climate action.

Season’s greetings

Finally, as 2023 draws to a close, I sincerely thank all mayors, shire presidents, councillors and local government staff who have worked with us – and our state and territory local government associations – to deliver a better deal for our communities.

I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2024, and hope to welcome you to Canberra in July for our 30th NGA.

 Season’s greetings and have a safe and healthy New Year!