ALGA buddies back budget pitches

The Australian Local Government Association is teaming up with other peak advocacy groups to bolster its case for more cash in this year’s federal budget.

Linda Scott
Linda Scott

ALGA on Friday joined with the nation’s peak airports body to call for an extra $250 million for regional infrastructure, including airports and aerodromes.

Earlier, it partnered with the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) and National Shelter to call for $400 million to help councils deliver more affordable and social housing.

Disaster recovery funds

ALGA and the Australian Airports Association are calling for the four-year Regional Infrastructure Recovery Program funding to be included in this year’s federal budget, additional to existing disaster recovery funding.

ALGA President Linda Scott said regional infrastructure has been devastated by natural disasters throughout 2022 and 2023, and upfront investment is needed to help struggling communities rebuild.

 “Local governments appreciate the significant investment both federal and state governments have made in disaster funding over the past twelve months,” she said in a statement.

 AAA Chief Executive James Goodwin said regional and remote airports and aerodromes mustn’t be left out of the equation.

Mr Goodwin says airports and aerodromes play a critical role in responding to natural disasters by hosting Defence and civilian aircraft engaged in search and rescue, food and supply drops, aerial firefighting, aeromedical evacuation, and patient transport.

“Remote and regional airports and aerodromes are just as vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters, with significant damage to airport pavements, lighting and other critical systems from fires, floods and other extreme weather events,” he said.


Wendy Hayhurst

In February ALGA asked for $100 million a year over four years to help councils support additional housing in their communities via land audits, housing assessments, partnerships, business cases for housing construction, community engagement and awareness campaigns. 

ALGA Vice President Matt Burnett said the Government has set a target of delivering one million new homes from 2024.

“But this needs to be supported with funding that will enable councils to invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for healthy communities,” he said.

Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) CEO Wendy Hayhurst said there are already strong partnerships between Community Housing Organisations and councils, and more funds will speed the delivery of homes in the right places. 

The 2023-24 Budget is expected to be handed down on May 9.

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