Councils to consider record number of motions at LGA AGM
A record 35 motions from South Australian councils will be considered at the LGA’s Annual General Meeting at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre today.
Looking to drive economic development in their communities, councils will vote on asking the LGA to develop resources that will help them implement local live music policies, and to lobby the Government to deregulate small bar licensing.
Other motions to be discussed will include advocating for increased stormwater and road infrastructure funding, the introduction of electronic voting for local government elections, and a new funding model for heritage projects and property upgrades.
LGA President Mayor Dave Burgess said the record number of motions was indicative of a highly engaged sector.
“Councils are always looking for ways to improve their communities, and achieve the best possible outcomes for ratepayers,” Mayor Burgess said.
“We are the sphere of government that’s closest to communities, and the diversity of the issues to be discussed reflects the broad role that councils play.”
South Australian Treasurer the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP will deliver a keynote address prior to the meeting. The Hon Geoff Brock MP, Minister for Local Government, will also speak.
Mayor Burgess said the AGM is one is one of two general meetings held each year by the LGA, with the other being its Ordinary General Meeting (OGM).
“Both meetings offer member councils the opportunity to help shape the LGA’s advocacy agenda,” Mayor Burgess said.
“At our OGM in April councils unanimously voted to oppose the Opposition’s rate capping Bill, and asked the LGA to lobby the State Government to remove the requirement for them to collect the NRM Levy.
“The decisions we make as a sector at today's AGM will lay the groundwork for the next six months, as we work with our partners in government to deliver a better deal for South Australian communities.”