Feb 4, 2009

Local Government Steering Committee meets for first time

Australian Council of Local Government – Steering Committee meets for the first time


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 4 2009

Today, the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) Steering Committee met for the first time to advance the partnership between the Rudd Government and local government and tackle the challenges facing local and regional communities.

The Steering Committee is the smaller body established to continue co-operation, engagement and policy coordination between annual meetings of the ACLG, to which all Mayors and Shire Presidents are invited.

Current global financial circumstances have underlined the need for all levels of government to work together to deliver better services and infrastructure to local communities.

The Steering Committee, which met in Parliament House, will focus on three key priorities identified at the ACLG inaugural meeting held in November 2008. They are:

  • develop a stronger relationship between the two spheres of government;
  • drive reform infrastructure and services provided by local government; and
  • make progress towards the Constitutional recognition of local government.

In addition, they also provided advice to the Government today on the delivery of the $800 million Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

The Steering Committee, which I will chair, brings together key local government leaders, stakeholders and experts from across Australia. The members are:

Cr Geoff Lake

Deputy Chair

President, Australian Local Government Association

Councillor, City of Monash



Cr Campbell Newman

Lord Mayor, Brisbane City Council



Cr Robert Doyle

Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne



Cr Clover Moore MP

Lord Mayor, City of Sydney

Chairperson, Council of Capital City Lord Mayors



Cr Paul Bell

President, Local Government Association of Queensland

Councillor, Central Highlands Regional Council



Cr Genia McCaffery

President, New South Wales Local Government Association

Mayor, North Sydney Council



Cr Ronald Lamilami

Councillor, West Arnhem Shire Council

Former Chairperson of West Arnhem Shire Transition Committee



Cr Bruce Miller

President, Shires Association of New South Wales

Councillor, Cowra Shire Council



Cr Joy Baluch

President, Local Government Association of South Australia

Mayor, Port Augusta City Council



Cr Michael Gaffney

President, Local Government Association of Tasmania

Mayor of Latrobe Council



Cr Lisa Scaffidi

Lord Mayor, City of Perth



Ald. Kerry Moir

President, Local Government Association of Northern Territory

Councillor, Darwin City Council



Mr Troy Pickard

Deputy President, Western Australian Local Government Association

Mayor, City of Joondalup



Cr Mary-Lou Corcoran

Mayor, City of Victor Harbor



Ray Pincombe

National President, Local Government Managers Australia



Cr Barry Sammels

Acting Chair National Sea Change Taskforce

Mayor, City of Rockingham



Mayor Jenny Dowell

Mayor, Lismore City Council



Cr Linton Reynolds

National Growth Areas Alliance

Mayor, City of Armadale



Cr Pam Macleod

President, Australian Local Government Women’s Association (Victorian Branch)

Councillor, City of Whittlesea



Associate Professor Graham Sansom

Director, Centre for Local Government, University of Technology Sydney



Cr Lisa Price

Mayor, La Trobe City Council



Mr Paul Slape

National Secretary, Australian Services Union



Cr Allan Sutherland

Mayor, Moreton Bay Regional Council



Cr Val Schier

Mayor, Cairns Regional Council



Cr Ron Hoenig

Mayor, City of Botany Bay



Cr Lynne Craigie

Shire President, Shire of East Pilbara



Further information about the ACLG can be found at: http://www.aclg.gov.au