Australia’s efforts to address and respond to climate change is not taking full advantage of the opportunity for partnership and collaboration with local government.
All communities are grappling with the consequences of climate change – such as extreme weather, heatwaves, drought, bushfires etc – and are struggling to understand the full impacts of global warming and how they can respond.
Support communities in climate change response by investing in a Local Government Climate Change Partnership Fund of $200 million over four years.
ECONOMIC BENEFIT: ALGA’s analysis indicates that this investment would have a cumulative Gross Domestic Product benefit of $451 million by the third year and create up to 1,100 new jobs.
Councils across Australia have banded together to support ALGA’s call for ‘1% + Partnership Programs’. This calls for the next Federal Government to restore core local government funding of Financial Assistance Grants to at least 1% of Commonwealth taxation revenue and add funding for partnership programs where agreed.