No matter which party wins on Saturday, LG Professionals is hoping to have a government ready to engage with local government, to build better, socially cohesive communities able to innovate and collaborate to improve the lives of all residents.
We call on the Federal Government to:
- Develop fresh policies to address national issues that reflect localist perspectives, and find better ways to promote collaboration between all levels of government, business and communities.
- Re‐establish, under COAG, both a dedicated Local Government Minister’s Council and Officials Committee, and a federal Office of Local Government.
- Form genuine partnerships with local government – not just the states and territories – in the negotiation of proposed ‘City Deals’ (or similar initiatives) and new regional development programs.
- Support a national local government think‐tank as one of several centres for innovation in government and service delivery along the lines of the UK ‘What Works Network’.