President’s Update – 23 October 2023

Annual conferences and events

I was delighted to attend the Local Government Association of Queensland’s (LGAQ) Conference in Gladstone last week, and thank LGAQ President Mayor Mark Jamieson and my fellow ALGA Board members Mayor Matt Burnett and Mayor Jack Dempsey for hosting me.

Addressing the Conference, I outlined some of our recent advocacy wins, including the $500 million Housing Support Program and a new $100 million Community Energy Upgrades Fund.

It was also fantastic to see unanimous support from councils for restoring FA Grants to at least one percent of Commonwealth tax revenue, which also generated some media attention.

This Government has promised “fair increases” to FA Grants and we are 100 percent committed to holding them to account.

(L-R): ALGA Vice President Matt Burnett, ALGA President Cr Linda Scott and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at the LGAQ event in Gladstone.

It was also an honour to attend and speak at the Municipal Association of Victoria’s State Council in Melbourne on 12 October, and I  thank MAV President Councillor David Clark and Councillor Rohan Leppert, from ALGA’s Board, for their hospitality.

Finally, I will be in Adelaide for the Local Government Association of South Australia’s Conference this week and look forward to catching up with LGASA President Mayor Dean Johnson and Immediate Past President Mayor Angela Evans.

It’s always great to hear from you when I’m travelling so please come and say hello if you are there and let me know about your local challenges and opportunities.