Restore City Council Authority

Over decades, successive state government have eroded the authority of local councils. Yet local government can play a crucial role in being the eyes and ear to local issues. They can function as the initial point of issue identification. They can apply targeted solution and be the local point for implementing recovery. During the pandemic, many of the mayor concerns were ignored. The capabilities of local government were poorly utilized. Even the current Melbourne Mayor had to wait to secure a meeting with the Victoria premier. While it is a long shot to win more powers from state government. If elected, we will form a consortium of all Victoria local councils to canvas for greater sharing of powers with the state government. Local government can play an important role in “precision governing”

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