Local Government | May 06, 2024

Kealy – have your say on local government cost inquiry

A Parliamentary inquiry into local government funding and services has kicked off this week, with residents and local councils encouraged to make submissions.

The inquiry was instigated by the Victorian Liberals and National parties in response to concerns raised by many local government areas about cost shifting in areas such as waste collection, school crossing attendants and the repair of regional roads.

A specially appointed Committee will investigate local government funding and service delivery in Victoria, including:

  • Cost shifting from state and federal governments to local council;
    •         Ability of local governments to meet core service delivery objectives
    •         Local government’s revenue structure and whether it is sustainable and appropriate; and
    •         Whether alternative models of funding should be considered.

Member for Lowan and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Emma Kealy said she had met with councils across Lowan and had been told many times it is not always clear who pays for what, and how much each should pay.

“This inquiry will provide an important opportunity to examine what is working well and what can be done better.

“I encourage both local councils and residents to make submissions to the inquiry.”

Submissions are due by 28 June 2024 and can be made via the Legislative Council Economy and Infrastructure Committee’s webpage: Inquiry into Local Government funding and services (parliament.vic.gov.au)

You can also register to receive email updates for the inquiry on the committee’s website.



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