recognition through a Voice to Parliament; support for a transition to a circular enonomy to reduce waste; and to remove the GST
paid on sustainable and reusable alternatives to disposable and single-use products.
The South Australian City of Charles Sturt is calling for a referendum on financial recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution.
“The best way to protect direct federal funding for community services and infrastructure is to have local government financial recognition under the Australian Constitution,” the Council said.
“Local councils across the nation would benefit from financial certainty. If agreed by the Commonwealth Parliament, it will enable the Commonwealth to continue to provide direct funding to local government for vital community services and infrastructure. Without it – and by way of a direct example – funding road infrastructure programs are at risk because it is simply not clear if the Commonwealth can directly fund local councils.”
The annual general assembly ends on June 22.