All Politics is Local
Bass Coast Shire Council has agreed to support the Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) Federal Election Advocacy campaign titled ‘All Politics is Local’.
The campaign calls for the commitment of all political parties, party leaders and individual candidates to deliver for local communities, through a partnership with Local Government. The campaign highlights12 key initiatives to achieve.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, explained that one of the key commitments is for the next Federal Government to restore the core Local Government funding of Financial Assistance Grants to at least one per cent of Commonwealth taxation revenue.
“In addition to restoring this critical federal funding to local governments, several of the 12 key commitments align with Council’s Advocacy Priority List,” Cr Tessari said.
“For example, the campaign asks the Federal Government to establish a Local Government Climate Change Partnership Fund of $200 million over four years.
“This funding would be critical to Bass Coast as we advocate for an investment in our area to manage and mitigate coastal erosion on our foreshores.”
Other initiatives which have a strong synergy with Council’s Advocacy Priorities include increased funding to address the issue of affordable housing and homelessness, promotion of healthier and more active communities and the development of a Rural/Regional Telecommunications program of $100 million over four years.
Bass Coast agreed to support this campaign and assist the ALGA in advocating to the Federal Government on these key initiatives for Local Government.
For more information on the ALGA’s Federal Election Advocacy go to www.allpoliticsislocal.com.au