As the independent peak body for local government in Victoria, the VLGA looks forward to working in partnership with the returned Andrews Labor Government in implementing its election commitments, including:
In addition, the VLGA will continue the work undertaken by the government in the local government sector, including:
Councils are complex organisations that provide on average 100 services to their community, often on behalf of the other two tiers of government. The responsibilities of councillors are therefore significant and often under recognised.
It is heartening to see several former and current serving councillors elected into parliament to continue to represent the interests of their local communities.
The VLGA also looks forward to working collaboratively with the opposition and members of the legislative council in the 49thparliament. We would also like to extend our thanks to Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, Member for Sydenham, and former Minister for Local Government (as well as Minister for Women, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) on her tireless efforts across all portfolios. Although we are sad to hear the announcement of her departure from the Cabinet, we wish Ms Hutchins and her family all the best, and look forward to working with her in her capacity as the Member for Sydenham.