Mayors say recognition is overdue

NORTH Coast mayors believe constitutional recognition of local government is long overdue.

All councils have been asked to contribute financially to a campaign to support a referendum on the issue, which will be held in conjunction with next year's Federal election.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell, Ballina mayor Phillip Silver, Kyogle mayor Ross Brown and Richmond Valley mayor Col Sullivan have all told The Northern Star they support constitutional recognition for local government.

Byron mayor Jan Barham has not been able to be contacted yet today.

"Definitely. Overwhelmingly, yes, I support it," Cr Dowell said.

All mayors said easier access to Federal grants was one of the main reasons why local government should be recognised in the constitution.



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