A South Australian Mayor will take on the role of President of the Australian Local Government Association after being elected at their annual general meeting in Toowoomba.
The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) has congratulated Mayor David O’Loughlin of the City of Prospect on his election to the role of President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA).
Mayor O’Loughlin has been a significant contributor to local government in South Australia over the past 13 years, serving as a Councillor, Mayor, LGA Board Member, LGA Metropolitan Local Government Group Chair and ALGA Board Member.
He is the Immediate Past President of the LGA, and a passionate and powerful advocate for South Australia.
Mayor O’Loughlin said it was an honour to be elected, and that he will use his seat on the Council of Australian Governments (CoAG) and Ministerial Councils to focus on the issues affecting local communities.
“I will be lobbying for a fair deal for communities around Australia, on a wide range of important issues such as restoring grant funding levels, community infrastructure, aboriginal affairs, climate change and economic development.”
Mayor O’Loughlin also said he will seek to build strong partnerships with the Commonwealth government to ensure they are funding their fair share of the nation’s roads and infrastructure.
“Local government nationally already invests $4.5 billion each year, but we know that a further $1.2 billion per annum is needed to fully renew and maintain infrastructure assets.
“We welcome the government’s investment through Roads to Recovery and the fuel excise, but this only covers half of the gap.”
A key priority includes restoring the Commonwealth Financial Assistance Grants to the previous level of 1% of the Federal tax, and delivering a strategy to improve connectivity between local roads and national freight routes.
“With an annual Commonwealth investment of $200 million over five years, our proposed Freight Strategy will target investment and regulatory reform that is calculated to deliver a $1.7 billion pay back to the economy over that period with further benefits flowing beyond the five years,” he said.
LGA President Mayor Dave Burgess believes having Mayor O’Loughlin in the role will be an advantage for local government and South Australia.
“David will continue the excellent work of outgoing ALGA President Mayor Troy Pickard to represent the sector’s interests on the national stage and push for increased funding, services and infrastructure for local communities.
“He will be a strong voice in Canberra on both national matters and the issues that are uniquely South Australian, such as the loss of supplementary road funding,” Mayor Burgess said.
“I wish Mayor O’Loughlin all the very best in this important role and pass on my congratulations on behalf of the South Australian local government sector.”
In his first act as President, Mayor O’Loughlin will open the National Local Government Roads and Transport Congress today.