Local boost for ‘Yes’ referendum vote

Marrickville Council supports Greens’ campaign for ‘Yes’ local government vote

Marrickville Council has voted to launch a communications and marketing campaigning in support of Constitutional recognition of Local Government, with the aim of encouraging residents to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming referendum on 13 September.

The referendum comes as a result of the long running Greens campaign for recognition of the vital role of Local Government.

Marrickville Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said, “The Greens are extremely pleased that Councillors on all sides of politics have come out so strongly in support of the Greens campaign.

“A referendum on Constitutional recognition of Local Government was a key commitment secured by the Australian Greens in its 2010 agreement to support the minority Labor Federal Government, she said.

“Local Councils are the level of Government which is closest to the community. We play a vital role in providing services to our local areas even though we receive less than 4% of Government’s tax revenue.

Clr Ellsmore said, “If the referendum passes on 14 September 2013 the Federal Government would be able to directly fund local Councils, to help us continue to provide key services and community programs.

Marrickville Council’s information campaign in support of the ‘Yes’ vote will support the Australian Local Government Association national campaign to pass the referendum.

Marrickville Greens Councillor Melissa Brooks was in Canberra today at the Association’s Conference and joined with fellow Greens Councillors from across the country, as well as Greens Senators Christine Milne and Lee Rhiannon, to show their support for the Yes campaign.

“After a long and sustained campaign by the Greens to bring forward this referendum, I look forward to working with all sides of politics to ensure that we get a ‘yes’ vote on September 14,” said Clr Brooks.

Media contact:            Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

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