Isaac Regional Council is upping the ante on its advocacy for regional priorities with the start of a national awareness campaign.
Mayor Cr Anne Baker (pictured below) has contacted more than 560 councils across the country, seeking support for four Isaac motions to the annual National General Assembly (NGA) of Local Government this month.
“The NGA is an opportunity for councils to debate, discuss and develop policies on issues of national significance that affect our communities,” Cr Baker said.
“We have written to relevant federal ministers and shadow ministers, and every local government across Australia, seeking support for real action and beneficial outcomes.”
Cr Baker said Isaac Regional Council was calling on the Federal Government to:
- Maintain the real value of Financial Assistance Grants and Roads To Recovery programs
- Adopt the Australian Infrastructure Plan recommendation to establish a National Water Reform Plan that will deliver safe and secure water supplies for regional and remote communities
- Amend Australia’s anti-discrimination laws to prohibit the use of postcodes to deny employment opportunities to Australian workers
- Adopt the Australian Infrastructure Plan recommendation to create a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.
“We are anticipating significant support from our council colleagues in regional and remote communities across Australia in the lead up to the NGA,” Cr Baker said.
“We will work hard to secure the formal support we need for Isaac’s motions to be carried by the NGA, and press these important issues with ministers and shadow ministers.”
The NGA is to be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on June 19- 22, 2016.