The Australian Local Government Association has supported Mount Isa City Council's letter to the federal government looking for a nuclear weapons ban.
In February Mount Isa City Council officially endorsed the ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Cities Appeal and advised the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the endorsement.
ICAN is lobbying the Australian government to ratify the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons and Mount Isa became the first council in Queensland to sign an appeal letter to the federal government to sign the Total Nuclear Weapons Ban at the UN.
The global agreement prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and lays the foundations for their total elimination. It has so far been signed by 80 nations.
A week ago a government department responded saying it could not support the treaty, but now the ALGA has got on board.
Mount Isa City Council joined Darebin City Council (Vic), Fremantle City Council (WA) and Randwick City Council (NSW) in putting forward a motion for the general assembly to call on the Australian Government to sign and ratify the treaty.
The motion was passed without any opposition.
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom which lobbied Mount Isa said they were pleased with the decision.
Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick represented Council at the Australian Local Government Association's 2021 National General Assembly in Canberra.
His appearance there was agreed at the last council meeting in a 6-1 vote with Cr Kim Coghlan voting against, saying she did not see the value for Mount Isa City Council.
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