President’s Update – 8 May 2023

Federal Budget advocacy

We have been working incredibly hard ahead of this year’s Federal Budget to advocate for more funding for your councils and our communities, as outlined in ALGA’s pre-Budget submission.

After the Budget is handed down tomorrow night, we will write to all councils to let you know what’s been announced, and what it means.

As a level of government, we collect less than four percent of national taxation, so federal funding is vital.  Please continue to engage with your local federal MP to let them know funding councils is an investment in the wellbeing and resilience of our communities, and the productivity of our nation.

Win! New housing affordability reforms

In a win for local government, ALGA has been invited to provide input for new housing supply and affordability reforms to be developed by Australia’s Planning Ministers over the next six months.

We are looking forward to working with Ministers on these reforms that will support and enable local governments to facilitate more affordable housing in our communities.

ALGA is also continuing to advocate for a new $100 million per year fund to support us to play a bigger role addressing Australia’s affordable housing crisis.

2023 ACLG invitations

All councils should have now received invitations to attend the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) in Canberra on Friday 16 June.

ALGA is delighted to be partnering with the Federal Government on the return of the ACLG, which will be held immediately after our National General Assembly.

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for mayors, shire presidents and councillors to share your community’s ideas, challenges and aspirations directly with Federal Ministers and key decision-makers.

Hurry, get your NGA early bird tickets NOW!

Finally, a friendly reminder to book your NGA 2023 early bird tickets before the closing date of 19 May.

You have less than two weeks to take advantage of this special discounted offer – so hurry, don’t delay!