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Hunter a winner under Greens plan for fairer funding boost for regional councils

The Greens plan to deliver more funding to regional councils by bringing councils and the Federal government together to ensure a fairer distribution of crucial Commonwealth roads funding. Getting equitable road finding, based on financial need and the size of a council's road network, would see Hunter local councils with extra funding to build local infrastructure including roads, cycleway and walkways. 

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Greens plan to strengthen local government

LAST Friday, Greens Calare candidate Delanie Sky and Greens MP David Shoebridge were in Oberon to discuss with council and community members opposition to forced amalgamations and to launch the Greens' plan to strengthen local government in the regions.

"The Greens have been listening to the needs of regional councils, and we are promising to deliver fairer funding and respect the rights of local communities to control their own futures," Ms Sky said.

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Local Government is a National Issue

No nation can achieve its potential if it fails to respect, and properly resource, the level of government closest to the people. The Greens understand this. That’s why we are releasing a package to strengthen local government in the regions.

When: 10:30am Wednesday 18 May 2016.

Where: Maitland, The Levee, (High Street near corner of Bulwer Street).

Why: Launch of Greens Regional Local Government Package for Federal election.

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Greens strongly opposed to forced amalgamations

The Greens are strongly opposed forced council amalgamations and have worked closely with the many communities across NSW fighting these amalgamations, said Greens candidate for Parkes Matt Parmeter. 

The Greens are also committed to working towards Constitutional Recognition of Local Government at a federal level and to enshrine in legislation the requirement that any proposed amalgamation to be decided by a referendum.

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Federal electorate fallout over Baird's forced amalgamations

The Baird government's forced council amalgamation plan has been designed to deliver political advantage to the Liberal and National parties and to cut jobs and services for local communities, Greens local government spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"Premier Mike Baird's decision to drop or defer council amalgamation plans that cross into federal electorates such as New England and Gilmore reveals he knows the plans are unpopular," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Labor Senators refuse to support Newcastle City Council's push for environmentally responsible investments

The Greens have expressed dismay that their Senate motion in support of Newcastle City Council's Environmentally and Socially Responsible Investment policy was voted down today by the Coalition and Labor.

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said: "It's a shame that federal Labor have failed to back their colleagues on Newcastle City Council in their moves to update the Council's Environmentally and Socially Responsible Investment policy.

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Greens in Local Government

Greens Councillors serve on Councils and Shires across Australia. Their achievements are diverse and are delivering significant benefits beyond their immediate local government area.

Today there are more than 80 Greens Councillors in Australia. More than half are women. One of those women, Jan Barham from Byron Bay, was Australia’s first popularly-elected Greens Mayor.

Click the link below to download our leaflet on Local Government.

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Speech: Greens support road transport infrastructure and safety

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (11:52): I congratulate Senator Janet Rice on taking over the transport portfolio, and I look forward to working with her in this area. She has set out the Greens' very clear case on the Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill. I reiterate the Greens' support for Roads to Recovery and black spot funding to improve safety and access on our roads. Some of my work in the portfolio of local government crosses over into this area.

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