As the peak body representing local government in Australia, ALGA makes numerous submissions and presentations to a broad range of organisations and bodies. These include:
- Parliamentary committees conducting inquiries of interest and relevance to local government
- National organisations conducting inquiries and studies, such as the Productivity Commission
- Political parties and individual parliamentarians
- The Australian Government, its ministers, departments and agencies
- International bodies and agencies
These submissions advance the interests of local government and address issues of concern to councils and the communities they collectively serve.
Adaptation to climate change is a high priority for local government. The Productivity Commission correctly notes that local governments are established by state and territory legislation and have various responsibilities confered on them through state and territory laws.
Supplementary Submission on Barriers to Effective Climate Change.
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is pleased to present this submission for consideration in the preparation of the 2012/2013 Federal Budget. This submission will focus on ensuring the services local communities rely on are secure for the future.
ALGA's submission congratulates the Commission on the quality of the draft report and supports many of the overarching conclusions identified under the key points section on page to 2 of the report. The Commission has correctly identified a number of issues that largely reinforce the supporting role played by local government “in the hierarchy and its relations with the other two levels of government’. In particular ALGA full endorses the finding that “implementing and enforcing state and territory laws, rather than local laws, predominates local governments (LG) regulatory activities.
ALGA appreciates the opportunity to make a submission to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee’s inquiry into Senator Bob Brown's Private Senator’s Bill, the Telecommunications Amendment (Mobile Phone Towers) Bill 2011, which was introduced to the Senate in September last year.
This submission follows an invitation from the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications Committee to respond to the Private Members Bill the Telecommunications Amendment (Enhancing Community Consultation) Bill 2011, introduced by Mr Andrew Wilkie MP to the House of Representatives in September last year.