Re­gional coun­cils dis­cuss key is­sues

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LEAD­ERS of Queens­land’s Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tions of Coun­cils and other lo­cal gov­ern­ment ad­vo­cacy groups met in Bris­bane on Thurs­day to es­tab­lish a strong and united stance on a range of key pol­icy pri­or­i­ties af­fect­ing their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The 2018 ROC As­sem­bly, or­gan­ised by the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land, re­solved to vig­or­ously pur­sue re­forms in ar­eas af­fect­ing com­mu­ni­ties across the state, such as telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and trans­port con­nec­tiv­ity, grant fund­ing, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Is­sues such as wa­ter se­cu­rity, ac­cess to the dig­i­tal econ­omy, sus­tained em­ploy­ment and the fu­ture of en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sets were iden­ti­fied, among oth­ers, as com­mon pol­icy chal­lenges for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in Queens­land, be they in ur­ban ar­eas, ru­ral and re­mote re­gions or the fur­thest reaches of Cape York.

The ROC As­sem­bly de­clared a com­mon com­mit­ment to pur­sue good pol­icy out­comes for their com­mu­ni­ties and sig­nalled to the Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ments that they stood ready to speak with one voice about the need to en­sure lo­cal con­cerns were bet­ter heeded by all lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

The as­sem­bly agreed all Queens­lan­ders had a stake in en­sur­ing a bet­ter fund­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ments, a pro­duc­tive road and rail net­work, thriv­ing re­gional economies, par­tic­u­larly in the state’s north and west, and a more sus­tain­able fu­ture for the state’s nat­u­ral as­sets.

The as­sem­bly also reaf­firmed the role of the LGAQ as the peak body for Queens­land ’s 77 lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties.

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