In the lead up to the 2014 Victorian election, local government calls on all political parties to commit to 51 priority actions that will deliver stronger partnerships and engagement between government, and provide improved service and infrastructure outcomes for Victorian communities.
MAV Call to Parties
The MAV’s Call to Parties outlines the key challenges facing councils across eight policy areas: State-local government relations, regulatory and self reform, planning, environment, transport and infrastructure, community services, public health and safety, and emergency management.
It is the culmination of extensive input and feedback from councils and reflects the major challenges facing local government now and into the next term of government. Many of the issues raised have been endorsed by councils in our 2014-15 Strategic Work Plan (Word - 820KB) and through State Council resolutions voted on by members.
Among the key priorities we seek commitments to are:
Respecting local government autonomy to determine local budgets and set rates
State assessment of costs and impacts before any new, revised or expanded roles are introduced for local government
Joint State-local government advocacy to secure appropriate Federal funding for core services and infrastructure
An integrated transport infrastructure plan, including a significant expansion and effective integration of the public transport network and public transport services
A period of stability for Victoria’s planning system beyond the political cycle to ensure key reforms including Plan Melbourne and the Regional Growth Plans can be implemented
Continued funding for the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program and the $200 million Regional Growth Fund local infrastructure programs
Support for innovative projects that reduce council costs and improve service outcomes including iCloud, Step Planning and Patchwork projects
Increased funding for public libraries to ensure they continue to meet the 21st century needs of communities
New funding to support councils’ primary prevention programs that are helping to address violence against women.
A copy of the MAV’s Call to Parties has been provided to leaders of the Liberal Party, Nationals Victoria, Victorian Labor Party and Victorian Greens.
All responses received from political parties will be published on this page ahead of the 29 November election.
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