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Local Government welcomes new Deputy Prime Minister
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The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) congratulates incoming Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, following his election unopposed to the position last night.

Mayor Troy Pickard, ALGA President, said: "The Nationals have been strong supporters of Local Government and the ongoing work of councils across Australia to provide essential infrastructure and services and maintain the sustainability of their local communities.

"We look forward to continuing to work with the Government to improve the resilience of local communities, and we welcome the opportunity to work with the Nationals under the leadership of Mr Joyce."

Mr Joyce was elevated to the Nationals leadership taking over from the Hon Warren Truss who announced his intention to retire from Parliament yesterday.

"As the President of ALGA, I extend my personal thanks to the Hon Warren Truss for his great work and his accomplishments for Local Government while in office," Mayor Pickard said.

"Mr Truss was the driving force behind the development of the Bridges Renewal Programme, which will see a total investment of $300 million to upgrade deteriorating bridges to improve productivity, safety and community access.

"He was also responsible for the removal of the sunset clause for the Roads to Recovery Programme, ending the requirement for new legislation for the continuation of the program and providing assurance to councils of the Government's commitment to the program.

"As a former councillor, Mr Truss also showed his personal support for Local Government through his attendance of our annual National General Assembly of Local Government and National Local Roads and Transport Congress.

"The sector is grateful to Mr Truss for his years of dedicated service and support, and we wish him all the best in his future."


Media enquiries:

Sharon Akinyi, Director Public Affairs, Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) 0418 415 649,


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