MAV election priority focus welcomed
Mitchell Shire Council has welcomed the release of the Municipal Association of Victoria’s (MAV) state election priorities this week.
The 42 MAV priorities include:
- a population strategy;
- providing local services and infrastructure;
- assisting with digital transformation;
- environmentally sustainable planning;
- an integrated transport strategy;
- investment in sporting and aquatic facilities;
- more public and social housing; and
- investing landfill levies to support recycling/resource recovery industries.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the MAV priorities complemented Council’s own advocacy priorities and showed a clear desire from the sector for strong government policy and grassroots investment to support local communities.
“Local councils understand their communities very well and we see first-hand the problems that poor policy and a lack of investment can bring,” Cr Sanderson said.
“This is particularly apparent in under serviced and under resourced growth areas where people face considerable isolation and disadvantage as a result.
“We are very fortunate to have access to the Growing Suburbs Fund which has made a significant difference in our community. However, we have a genuine need for more services, early investment in critical infrastructure and better transport options.”
Cr Sanderson said she looked forward to more information from candidates and political parties on the sector and local priorities in the lead up to the state election in November.
“We are circulating our advocacy priorities to all candidates as well as other government and departmental representatives,” Cr Sanderson said.
“We’ve done a lot of work to help our existing MPs and other candidates to better understand the needs of the Mitchell community so they can make informed decisions. We stress the importance of a strong and productive partnership with our MPs.
“The MAV priorities complement this work and help ensure a focused response to improve the liveability of all communities.”