Advocacy priorities on the agenda at National General Assembly of Australian Local Government
A range of Council’s advocacy priorities – including improving mobile blackspots and internet, increasing mental health funding and investing more in roads – have been backed by fellow councils at the National General Assembly of Australian Local Government in Canberra this week.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson and CEO David Turnbull attended the annual event, which provides the opportunity for councils across Australia to put forward motions that are nationally significant.
Mitchell Shire Council helped drive five motions, which were overwhelmingly supported, calling for the Federal Government to:
- Decrease telecommunication blackspots, particularly in high-risk natural disaster areas
- Increase funding for mental health services and mental health infrastructure in growth and rural areas
- Increase investment in major arterial roads and road maintenance in rural and regional areas
- Hold a national discussion through the Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) to develop affordable housing standards
- Identify towns and locations in Australia for the priority decentralisation of industry and business
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was important to gain the support of other councils in order to see these important issues addressed as soon as possible.
“The National General Assembly of Australian Local Government was attended by the majority of the 537 councils across Australia and was a fantastic opportunity for us to put forward a number of motions that are of national importance not only for our community, but for many other communities as well,” Cr Sanderson said.
“We’ve been working really hard to seek funding and support for a whole host of our advocacy priorities at a State level. The Assembly is a chance to put some of our community’s issues on the national agenda and lobby for action.
“It was really pleasing to see our motions so well supported by our fellow councils and we hope it will result in actions for our community and others across Australia.”
The Assembly also provided a chance for Council to meet with various local government representatives and other organisations to discuss issues such as jobs and investment.
The National General Assembly of Australian Local Government is just one of the many ways Council is working hard to lobby for our community and follows on from a recent highly-successful Youth Mental Health roundtable event in Wallan, and Interface Councils’ Week, where Interface Mayors and senior staff met with Ministers and Shadow Ministers to discuss the service and infrastructure gaps in growth areas.