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Local government portfolio elevated to Cabinet Ministry
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ALGA has welcomed the recent elevation of the local government portfolio to the Cabinet Ministry, with Senator the Hon Fiona Nash appointed the Minister for Local Government and Territories in addition to her role as the Minister for Regional Development.

ALGA President, Mayor Troy Pickard, said the elevation was a positive step for local government and community priorities.

"This appointment illustrates the importance of preserving and strengthening the partnership between federal and local government to ensure the sustainability of local communities, and to ensure the continued and consistent coordination of national policies at the local level to deliver positive outcomes for Australian communities," Mayor Pickard said.

"Senator Nash's appointment as Minister for Local Government will also be particularly significant when it comes to the Federal Government's regional development policy, which Minister Nash has stated will be released in 2017.

"ALGA's 2016-17 State of the Regions report, released at our National General Assembly last month, highlights the widening inequality in our regions. We must start the conversation now on how these issues can be addressed, how to accomplish a more even spread of prosperity for our communities and how to facilitate better coordination between the three levels of government to assist Australia's struggling regions."

ALGA has also welcomed the continuation of the Hon Darren Chester as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and the appointment of the Hon Paul Fletcher as Minister for Urban Infrastructure. ALGA looks forward to working with Senator Nash, Minister Chester and Minister Fletcher on the issues under their portfolios that are of critical importance to local government.

The updated Ministry list is available on the Parliament of Australia website.



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