Alderman wants an increase in funding

LAUNCESTON Deputy Mayor Jeremy Ball wants the state government to contribute an equal financial share to the council for upkeep of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

He said the government should be asked to pitch in more than its $1.3 million contribution, given the council's annual $4.2 million contribution would drop by $800,000 over the next five years.

Alderman Ball suggested the council lobbied all three political parties for greater financial assistance leading into the next state election.

The funding agreement will end in June 30, 2014.

Alderman Ball said it was unreasonable that Launceston's 28,000 ratepayers had to carry the weight when the whole Northern region benefited from the facility.

In other matters at yesterday's council meeting:

•It was revealed that just one dog owner has been fined by the Launceston City Council for not cleaning up dog faeces left in public since the state dog control act was introduced in 2000.

•The council unanimously approved Owen Ingles to be reappointed a director of the Launceston Flood Authority.

•The council unanimously approved for parking fines to increase by 30 per cent, from $50 to $65, when its parking by-law is renewed in June.

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