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Hunter a winner under Greens plan for fairer funding boost for regional councils

The Greens plan to deliver more funding to regional councils by bringing councils and the Federal government together to ensure a fairer distribution of crucial Commonwealth roads funding. Getting equitable road finding, based on financial need and the size of a council's road network, would see Hunter local councils with extra funding to build local infrastructure including roads, cycleway and walkways. 

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Local Government is a National Issue

No nation can achieve its potential if it fails to respect, and properly resource, the level of government closest to the people. The Greens understand this. That’s why we are releasing a package to strengthen local government in the regions.

When: 10:30am Wednesday 18 May 2016.

Where: Maitland, The Levee, (High Street near corner of Bulwer Street).

Why: Launch of Greens Regional Local Government Package for Federal election.

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Constitutional recognition of local govt referendum: inquiry evidence backs go ahead

Lee Rhiannon 20 Feb 2013

With QLD Premier Campbell Newman writing to his fellow Premiers calling on them to support a referendum on constitutional recognition of local government at the upcoming election, and strong support from local councils around Australia, it is clear momentum is building for a referendum so this important level of government is recognised, says Australian Greens local government spokesperson Lee Rhiannon commenting on parliamentary committee hearings in Sydney today.

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Labor’s weak-kneed approach on Council referendum fails local communities

Lee Rhiannon 16 Oct 2012

The federal government's failure to give leadership on constitutional recognition of local government increases the financial uncertainty facing councils and shires across the country, Greens local government spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

Senator Rhiannon was responding to today's announcement that Local Government Minister Simon Crean plans to refer the proposed referendum on constitutional recognition to a parliamentary committee.

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