Brimbank,
23
February
2019
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05:31
Australia/Melbourne

United voices for education, gambling harm and sustainability needed

Brimbank Council to call on the Australian Local Government Association

Brimbank Council will call on the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) to lobby for Federal Government action on early education, gambling harm and sustainability.

Brimbank Council will call on the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) to lobby for Federal Government action on early education, gambling harm and sustainability.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said Council would take three notices of motion to the 2019 National General Assembly of the ALGA, concerning these advocacy priorities.

“Early childhood education, gambling harm, and sustainability are critical priorities, not just in Brimbank, but in many local government areas across Australia.

“These are big issues requiring big solutions – but by working together, Councils can help bring about changes,” Cr Congreve said.

Council will take three notices of motion to the 2019 National General Assembly to be held in Canberra from 16-19 June this year.

The notices of motion ask the ALGA to call on the Federal Government to:

  • commit to permanent ongoing funding of the national pre-school and kindy program for all four-year-olds – and extending this program to three-year-olds
  • introduce more stringent classifications of video games to reduce harm from the convergence of gaming and gambling, and close loopholes that allow for gambling advertising to be broadcast on television and radio during children’s viewing hours
  • recognise the impact of climate change on local communities and work with local governments to reduce emissions, encourage renewable energy, reduce landfill and increase vegetation coverage.

Cr Congreve said Brimbank Council would continue to pursue advocacy priorities that are important to our community, but was seeking support from the ALGA to pursue advocacy priorities of national significance.

“Speaking up for our community is incredibly important to this Council and we will continue to lobby for change on issues that are a priority for Brimbank, such as the St Albans Leisure Centre Replacement and fixing the Calder Freeway.

“By partnering with other Councils on issues of nation-wide importance we can amplify our calls for urgent action,” Cr Congreve said.