Councillor bucks trend on referendum

A WELLINGTON Shire councillor has spoken out against changing the Australian Constitution to allow the Federal Government to directly fund local councils.

Patrick McIvor has labelled the $55 million dollar referendum as “unnecessary and a waste of taxpayers’ money”.

In the referendum, to be held on the same day at the September 14 Federal Election, voters will decided whether to alter the constitution to make it easier for the Federal government to directly provide funding to local government, bypassing the states.

´╗┐For details read Friday’s Gippsland Times.