Council seeks a role
THE CENTRAL Highlands Regional Council has welcomed the announcement made by the independent Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of their consultation program that has been launched with the release of a discussion paper and website www.localgovrecognition.gov.au.
The panel, appointed by the Australian Government in June, is inviting all Australians to have their say on whether local government should be recognised in the Australian Constitution.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said the community consultation program will provide the opportunity for local residents across the Central Highlands to better understand the argument for constitutional recognition of local government, form their own view and have it counted.
"Constitutional recognition means a whole lot more than just getting a mention in the Australian Constitution - without it there are real implications for the flow of funds for important community projects," he said.
"As it currently stands, there is nothing in the Australian Constitution that underpins the funding relationship the Commonwealth has with local councils."