North Burnett community petition tabled in State Parliament as financial crisis looms over Queensland Local Government.
The North Burnett Regional Council has applauded an overwhelming community response to the financial crisis facing the local government and the region’s vital services. More than one thousand locals supported the “Between a rock and a hard place” tour driven by Mayor Rachel Chambers and all councillors.
On Tuesday, the Mayor’s petition which highlighted the grave inequalities which currently exist for local governments to deliver services, was tabled in State Parliament in Brisbane. Mayor Chambers said this was a vital step in a mounting statewide movement to ensure the Queensland Government makes local councils a priority.
“Our Council isn’t afraid to get the job done, and that job is about creating a sustainable community,” Mayor Chambers said.
“To do that the State Government must get a better grasp of the challenges to protect the foundation of all Queenslanders, their livelihoods, and their futures.”
One third of local governments in Queensland are now at high risk of becoming financially unsustainable.
“Our community is passionate about the North Burnett region and this passion has been displayed during the past month. Locals are ready to fight alongside Council to protect services and assets many have worked hard to build over generations,” Mayor Chambers said.
“This extraordinary plan is about ensuring future generations grow and prosper.”
Queensland Assistant Minister for Local Government, Nikki Boyd MP has confirmed she will soon lead a delegation to the North Burnett region.