President’s Update – 3 June 2024

Local government inquiry submission

On behalf of all Australian councils, ALGA lodged a comprehensive, evidence-based submission to Parliament’s inquiry into local government sustainability last week.

We have made five key recommendations to the Parliamentary Committee, with our number one priority being increasing untied federal funding for local government to at least one per cent of Commonwealth taxation revenue.

We also highlighted new research showing if local government annually received an additional $350 million for the maintenance and delivery of quality open space, Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) would increase by about $856 million each year.

I sincerely thank all of you who have provided your own submissions to the inquiry and highlighted how we can better support our communities to thrive with more sustainable funding and better partnerships.

We look forward to appearing before the committee in the coming weeks to outline our key recommendations and policy principles in more detail.

National Press Club address

I’m excited to see you in Canberra next month for our NGA, and delighted to announce tickets are now available for my National Press Club address on Tuesday 2 July.

Marking our 30th year of gathering in the capital, I will deliver a televised speech to highlight the importance of future-proofing local government in Australia.

Please note, a limited number of tickets are available for this lunch time event, so be quick!

Save the Date: 2024 Roads Congress

Finally, I’m excited to announce our 2024 National Local Roads, Transport and Infrastructure Congress will be held in Margaret River, Western Australia from 3-4 December.

We are still finalising the details and will share this information with you soon.