Climate change dominates at local government conference

Climate change has emerged as one of the most pressing issues facing the nation’s local government bodies, with major motions regarding the issue debated at the 25th National General Assembly.

Also addressed in a number of motions put forward by councils across the country were tackling the ongoing recycling crisis, the continued impact of drought across a number of regions in the country and preparing for the transition to electric vehicles.

“Local government is the closest level of government that touches local communities, and the sheer range of motions to be debated is testament to the many roles local councils play,” says ALGA President, Mayor David O’Loughlin.

“Other matters delegates will discuss include action on homelessness, health services, and gambling. “Australia’s local councils are responsible for so much, but unfortunately their level of funding is not commensurate with these responsibilities.

“We expect these issues to be highlighted when we hear from Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack MP and Local Government Minister Mark Coulton MP, who will both address the assembly.”

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