January 2004 Edition
- Cost shifting and development controls the big issues for 2004
President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Councillor Mike Montgomery, believes that cost shifting, urban and regional growth, and the threat of development assessment powers being removed from Councils are the big challenges facing Local Government in 2004. Councillor Montgomery said the fight against cost shifting would continue, with Local Government Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, due to respond to the Rates and Taxes: A Fair Share for Responsible Local Government report in May.
“I’m very pleased that the committee running the cost shifting inquiry came up with the result that they did,” Councillor Montgomery said. “We now need all State and Territory Governments on side to assist in bringing the committee’s recommendations to fruition. There is along way to go and we need goodwill from all parties, including the Commonwealth Government and the Parliament.