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THE CORRYONG COURIER
THURSDAY MARCH 24, 2016
Following a hugely
Memorial Hall committee
is looking forward to a
similar response to its
monster auction and goods
sale this Easter Saturday.
The hall redevelopment
appeal has a target of
$200,000 but the priority
is to raise $80,000 to
replace the community
Giant auction will boost
hall appeal coffers
facility’s leaking roof.
The committee will
be hosting the barbecue
at the Upper Murray
Saturday in the Attree
Centre before holding the
monster auction in the
hall precincts at 1pm that
There is an abundance
of items to go under the
hammer while others will
be sold at marked prices.
refreshments will also be
will also be on hand to
discuss the redevelopment
project and seek input
from the community.
The committee is also
working with government
departments on funding
options and canvassing
Hall committee members Sheril Wilson, Craig Findlay and Ilma
Clarke meet with Labor candidate Eric Kerr.
They recently met
with the Labor candidate
for Indi, Eric Kerr, who
contributed very sound
offered to liaise with
Towong Council and other
funding bodies on the
With rate capping soon to be
Association of Victoria (MAV)
has made it clear that communities
will be negatively impacted, with
councils trying to perform a juggling
act of increased demand and costs
for services while the state fails to
meet its funding obligations.
Addressing the Parliamentary
Inquiry into Rates Capping earlier
this month, the MAV said it was time
for the state government to accept
that its cap on rates would impact
councils’ ability to fund service
delivery and infrastructure renewal
works, especially in small rural
Cr Bill McArthur, MAV President,
said for too long councils had been
asking ratepayers to prop up the
budget gaps left by the government’s
failure to honour funding agreements
for a range of local services.
“The state has imposed a rate cap
on councils to restrict their ability to
raise revenue and now it must also
meet its shared funding obligations
to local government. This is a fair
and reasonable expectation,” he said.
“Over a number of years councils
have been working hard to introduce
smarter ways of doing business in a
more cost effective way to reduce the
financial burden on ratepayers.
“This includes internal restructures,
shared services, and collaborative
procurement. But resources can only
be stretched so far.
“Councils receive just three cents
of every tax dollar collected, with
the rest going to other levels of
“Doing more with less is unrealistic
when your whole existence relies on
a cap-in-hand approach to ratepayers
to bolster under-funded state
“Unfortunately, there is no money tree
councils can access when they are asked
to reduce spending and take on growing
service delivery costs not adequately
funded by the state.
“Rate capping is not the only financial
challenge councils have dealt with in the
last few years,” Cr McArthur added.
“The federal government’s freeze of
indexation on Financial Assistance
Grants will rip $134 million out of
council budgets over three years.
“The state’s decision to scrap the
Country Roads and Bridges program
also created a $160 million black hole
in rural shire budgets - hitting those
councils who can least afford it.
“We are keen to see the state support
councils so that no ratepayer is left
behind. Communities rely on council-
funded services and as populations
continue to grow, more people want to
access these services.
“Shared state-local government funding
must be restored for beloved services that
the government is jointly responsible for
like public libraries, maternal and child
health, and school crossing supervisors.
“Historically, each of these services
were set up under 50:50 shared funding
agreements with the state but cost
shifting has left councils funding the
majority of these growing services,” Cr
“Public libraries are a good example,
with councils contributing 83 per cent of
funding and the State now providing just
17 per cent.
“The government must commit to
signing partnership agreements for
each service that councils deliver on the
state’s behalf to ensure no communities
are disadvantaged by their rate cap.
“Fair funding for these services should
be a priority committed in the upcoming
state budget,” he said.
Inquiry told cap on rates will hurt
those who can least afford it
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