Sustaining Local Jobs
Queensland councils are significant employers, with more than 41,000 staff across the state. As Queenslanders approach the 2022 Federal Election; they face one of the most tumultuous and challenging periods in our nation’s history. Stable and sustainable employment to our communities is critical.
Strengthening Our Regions
Local government is responsible for one third of public infrastructure supporting our cities and towns but has direct access to just three per cent of national taxation revenue. Councils must be supported to provide and maintain essential infrastructure and facilitate regional economic diversification.
Keeping Communities Safe
Councils are on the frontline in shaping the liveability of their communities. Their role extends far beyond roads, rates, and rubbish. Local governments provide essential public health infrastructure like safe and reliable water supplies. Councils are there before, during and following natural disasters and play a lead role in disaster preparedness and recovery.
Supporting The Bush
Almost 40 per cent of Queensland’s population lives outside major metropolitan areas. Rural and remote communities contribute significantly to Queensland’s economic prosperity and social fabric.
Advancing First Nations Communities
We recognise the significant challenges encountered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and we stand with our 17 First Nations councils and their communities in working towards Closing the Gap targets.
Protecting the Environment
Councils have an important role to play in protecting and enhancing our environment and building sustainable local communities. Councils are leading the transformation to reduce waste across the state and using best-practice natural asset management.
Every Queensland community contributes to the economic fabric of this nation. Every Queensland community deserves to be a liveable one. The LGAQ has surveyed those vying to lead the nation, asking them to back a set of Federal Election priorities that will ensure no local community is left behind. Based on these responses the LGAQ has independently rated the major parties in a report card.