Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate.

We'll do it our way: Gold Coast splits with other mayors

AUSTRALIA'S second-largest local government - the Gold Coast - has dramatically left the Council of Mayors, the body used by local governments to lobby state and federal governments.

With the Gold Coast City Council set to hand down a 2.9 per cent rate rise in its $1.1 billion budget on Friday, it has revealed it will not pay $235,000 to be a member of the Council of Mayors.

Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said the Gold Coast City Council was pulling out of the Council of Mayors and would do its own lobbying for the Gold Coast.

"I imagine there will be a change of federal government come September 14 and the city is best placed to do its lobbying and its advocacy directly," Cr Tate said.

Local government is seeking formal recognition in the Australian constitution - allowing it to receive wider funding from the federal government - at a referendum on election day.

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