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Council calls for Local Government representation on the National Cabinet

30/07/2020

At the Council Meeting on Monday 27 July 2020, Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene advocated for Local Government representation on the National Cabinet, to assist with COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Mayor Greene recognised that Local Government can have the most significant impact on communities at a grassroots level, and that as Councils undertake substantial work to support local economic growth, are best placed to drive locally-led recovery.

“Decisions about how our Federation works and how it can be improved or reformed require all three levels of government working together to align their policies and programs,” said Mayor Greene.

“Australians expect the decisions of government affecting them to reflect their grass roots views and to be implemented at the local level as well as the state and national level. 

“National Cabinet and the Commonwealth Government in particular, are looking towards pro-growth policies to lift investment and get Australians back to work. With a focus on jobs growth they are seeking ways to enable parts of the economy to grow. 

“Getting it right on the ground is Local Government’s area of strength. Councils facilitate, establish, and grow local businesses and economies. Economic development has always been at the core of every successful council.

“The challenge facing National Cabinet over the coming months is unlike any which has faced Australian governments in recent times and it will require the concerted, coordinated and complementary efforts of all three levels of government to rebuild consumer confidence, support business and recreate millions of jobs”, he added.

Council will send a letter advocating for Local Government representation on the National Cabinet to the Premier of NSW and The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Federal Member for Cook, The Hon. David Coleman MP, Federal Member for Banks, Mr Mark Coure MP, State Member for Oatley, Mr Chris Minns MP, State Member for Kogarah, Mr Stephen Kamper MP, Member for Barton Linda Burney MP, State Member for Rockdale and Mr Jihad Dib MP, State Member for Lakemba.

The communications will highlight the critical necessity for Local Government representation on the newly formed National Cabinet and would seek recipients’ assistance in requesting that First Ministers review the decision to exclude Local Government.

Council will also seek meetings with its local Federal and State Members to discuss the importance Local Government representation on the National Cabinet, and the value of partnerships with councils for achieving the objectives of the National Cabinet and the national reform agenda.

For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.

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