Say YES for your community

When Redland City residents go to the polls for the federal election, they will also have the opportunity to make a real contribution to the future of their City.

A referendum will be held in conjunction with the Federal Government election. Redlanders and other Australians will have the opportunity to ensure local government – the tier of government closest to the people – is recognised in the Australian Constitution.


You can achieve this – and protect Federal Government funding paid direct to local government – by voting “YES” in the referendum.

While Constitutional amendments can be confusing, there are simple and straight forward reasons why this important change needs your support.

  • The recognition of local government in the Constitution will secure current funding Redland City Council receives directly from the Australian Government
  • Redland City Council currently receives approximately $1.5m of funding directly from the Commonwealth each year
  • Current funding includes programs such as the Federal Roads to Recovery, black spot road safety programs, the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, and the Local Government Reform Fund
  • While these funding arrangements have existed for many years, recent High Court rulings have made it clear that they are actually unconstitutional, putting them at risk.
  • A YES vote will secure the future of this and other funding councils receive directly from the Federal Government – funding which goes directly to community infrastructure
  • If funding from the Federal Government is provided to the State Government to pass on rather than direct to councils, funding decisions for local areas will be made by a political party (whichever holds State Government at the time), not local councils who are at the grassroots of communities and know their needs.
  • The Queensland Government takes approximately 15% in administration fees when passing on funding.

Redlands projects that have been funded directly from the Australian Government in recent years include:

  • Upgrade of Wellington Point Reserve (Park)
  • Upgrade of Capalaba Regional Park (Park)
  • Victoria Point Reserve (Park)
  • Cleveland Point Reserve (Park)
  • Fitness Activity Stations in Four Redlands Park (launched at Oyster Point Park, Cleveland) (Park)
  • Russell Island Sport and Recreation Park (Sports fields and courts and Sport and Resilience Hub)
  • Point Lookout Hall (Community Centre)
  • North Stradbroke Island Gorge Walk (Pathway)
  • Road projects:
    • Russell Street, Cleveland, Smith Street – Wellington Street
    • Shore Street North, Cleveland, Paxton Street to William Street
    • Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, Birkdale Road to Barron Road
    • Link Road, Victoria Point, Benfer Road to Colburn Avenue
    • Fullerton Street, Birkdale, Valentine Road to Randall Road

Message from LGAQ (Local Government Association of Queensland) President Cr Margaret de Wit

The video contains a simple, concise message that encapsulates the key messages of the referendum campaign – the ultimate focus being on gaining funding certainty for our communities.

LGAQ television commercial explaining the importance of the referendum to local communities

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