Griffith University planning professor Darryl Low Choy.
Griffith University planning professor Darryl Low Choy.

Local government revenue increase through GST

A LOCAL government planning expert has called for a portion of GST to go straight to councils.

Currently GST is distributed between states but Griffith University planning professor Darryl Low Choy said the tax would give councils a reliable income stream without having to rely as heavily on state and federal handouts.

"It would be good if a portion of GST went directly to local governments," he said.

"Local government is a creation of state government as it stands. They exist at the whim of a state government."

Professor Low Choy said councils provided vital services to residents - but struggled with funding.

He said an assured long-term income stream would allow councils to plan better over the long term.

Local Government Association of Queensland spokesman Craig Johnstone said councils needed a more secure stream of funding.

"We're not specifically calling for a portion of GST but what we're very strongly arguing for is that councils should have a fixed share of Commonwealth revenue," he said.