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Councils meet to discuss rate capping bill

More than 200 South Australian mayors, elected members, CEOs and council staff will meet at Adelaide Town Hall from 9.30am this morning to discuss the State Government’s proposed rate capping legislation.

LGA President Councillor Sue Clearihan said this meeting would not include a vote from councils on rate capping, but would give attendees all the information available to go back to their own councils and recommend a position on the Bill.

“The implementation of rate capping would be the biggest change for South Australian councils in decades,” Councillor Clearihan said.

“We must take this opportunity to hear from our entire sector and consider all issues and potential impacts before forming a final position on the legislation.”

“Today’s meeting is about listening and asking questions – to politicians, academics, and our colleagues interstate – about how the Government’s rate capping system would work, and what it would mean for our communities and the local services and infrastructure they value.”

“We will be asking all councils to consider the Government’s rate capping bill in their own council meetings, and provide the LGA with their recommendation for how the Association deals with this Bill by 3 August.”

“A special meeting of the LGA Board in August will consider these responses from members before finalising a sector position on the Bill.”

Today’s meeting will open with an address from the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Stephan Knoll MP, which will be followed by a presentation from ESCOSA CEO Adam Wilson on how ESCOSA as the proposed regulator would approach the administration of a rate capping system.

The Shadow Minister for Local Government, the Hon Tony Piccolo MP, the Hon Mark Parnell MLC, the Hon Frank Pangallo MLC and the Hon John Darley MLC will all participate in a panel discussion from 12.00 - 12.30pm.

Other speakers will include LGNSW President Councillor Linda Scott, Municipal Association of Victoria Deputy President Mayor David Clark, and University of Technology Sydney Professor Roberta Ryan.

The full program for the day can be downloaded here.

LGA President Councillor Sue Clearihan will be available for interviews following the meeting, which is scheduled to conclude at approximately 2:00pm.

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