THREE motions submitted by the Mount Isa City Council were passed at yesterday’s Local Government Association of Queensland conference in Mackay.
The council’s composite motion to revert back to the original Royalties for the Regions structure was passed, along with a national water summit and tariff equalisations.
The national water summit plea requested the “Queensland government invite the federal government to convene a national summit meeting between the federal government, the state governments Local Government Associations and a representative of the federal opposition to develop a national strategy to deal with the impacts of draughts on local government”.
“The drought is having a devastating impact on many Queenslanders and while governments are offering assistance to graziers and others, there are no grants available for councils who have to increase water rates by substantial amounts,” the motion said.
The tariff equalisation motion will reject any possible move for the removal of “schemes which assist residents of regional centres and remote areas with the same electricity prices as the larger centres by way of subsidised electricity costs”.
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