Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) President
ALGA lodged its 2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission with the Federal Treasury last month – the essence of which is that more federal support for local government will help strengthen COVID-19 recovery.
The measures outlined in the submission include:
- Continuing the $1.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program with a focus on sustainable transport initiatives.
- Establishing a targeted disaster mitigation program of $200 million a year for four years.
- Restoring the quantum of Financial Assistance Grants to at least 1 percent of Commonwealth tax revenue.
- Establishing a local roads investment program to address first and last-mile freight efficiency issues.
- Providing funding of $120 million a year over four years for local government arts and culture.
- Providing funding of $100 million a year over four years for local government circular economy innovation.
ALGA estimates these and other Budget priorities for local government will create over 31,000 jobs and boost GDP by $4.65 billion.
ALGA President Linda Scott said, “we can and will play a vital role in the coming months and years to bolster local economies, make communities more resilient, and build a better, more prosperous, but we must be provided with the necessary support and resources – as our submission makes very clear.”
(Extract from Presidents Newsletter)Linda Scott
5 February 2021