• No funds for campaign

    A PUSH for recognition of local government in the constitution won’t get any money from council.

    But the Rural City of Wangaratta’s lack of financial support doesn’t mean it won’t support a “yes” vote in the referendum.

    The Rural City of Wangaratta has knocked back a request by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to help fund a campaign relating to the referendum on constitutional recognition of local government.

    The topic has been hotly debated, with the State Government against the idea of allowing the Federal Government to provide funding directly to local councils.

    Council’s official stance is that it supports constitutional recognition of local government, after a motion to that effect was passed under the previous council.

    Mayor Rozi Parisotto said in principle the current council supports the idea of constitutional recognition of local government, but would not support funding a campaign.

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