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November 2013

Councils welcome Federal commitment to community roads and infrastructure

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Hundreds of council delegates at the Australian Local Government Association's (ALGA) 2013 National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Alice Springs have welcomed the Federal Government's commitment to assist local governments in upgrading bridges. ... click here for more information

Study of community roads and infrastructure highlights room for improvement

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Results from a national study commissioned by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) to examine the condition of community roads and infrastructure reinforce that more than 10 per cent of sealed roads are in poor condition and a large proportion of timber bridges are substandard. ... click here for more information

September 2013

ALGA calls on incoming government to honour community funding commitments

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis, has called on leaders of the Labor Party, Liberal Party and National Party to give priority to community infrastructure funding and to honour funding commitments already made under the current Government. ... click here for more information

August 2013

ALGA wants local government reimbursed for referendum campaign costs

Friday, 16 August 2013

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has written to political leaders requesting that a portion of public funding provided to local government to promote a 2013 referendum on constitutional recognition of local government be used to reimburse the sector for money spent on a national campaign prior to the ... click here for more information

Statement in response to election date

Monday, 5 August 2013

We are extremely disappointed to learn that Prime Minister Rudd has selected an election date which means the Referendum on recognising local government in the Constitution cannot be held. ... click here for more information

June 2013

Local Government focuses on national campaign for September referendum

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Australians have been guaranteed the opportunity to vote at a September referendum to include local government in the Constitution and ensure the continuation of direct, federal funding for community infrastructure following the passing of the Constitution Alteration Bill in the Senate last night. ... click here for more information

Local Government sector told Commonwealth will provide additional $150 million for community infrastructure

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

On day three of the 2013 National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA), Minister Anthony Albanese has announced a new round of community infrastructure funding of $150 million in recognition that local councils are better positioned than the Commonwealth to establish local priorities for community developments . ... click here for more information

Local Government sector launches federal election priorities at National General Assembly

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

On day two of the National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) in Canberra, where more than a thousand local government representatives and elected officials have gathered to discuss issues of national significance to the sector, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has unveiled an election document - A 10 Point ... click here for more information

Hundreds pledge commitment to referendum at national meeting of local government

Monday, 17 June 2013

In officially opening the National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) today, Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese joined more than a thousand delegates to pledge support for a September referendum to include local government in the Constitution, confirming a Commonwealth contribution of up to $10 million towards a national campaign ... click here for more information

More than 1000 local government representatives in Canberra for launch of referendum campaign

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Tomorrow morning, Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese will provide a keynote address to the Australian Local Government Association s National General Assembly (NGA), where more than 1000 delegates from councils across Australia will meet to pledge their support for a September referendum to include local government in the Constitution. ... click here for more information

Commonwealth needs to help communities mitigate against costly natural disasters

Sunday, 16 June 2013

The 2013-14 State of the Regions Report commissioned by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and prepared by National Economics raises concerns that some communities will become uninsurable against natural disasters because the cost of insurance is soaring in line with the increasing incidence of floods, fires and cyclones. ... click here for more information

Commonwealth needs to help communities mitigate against costly disasters

Friday, 14 June 2013

According to this year's State of the Regions Report - commissioned by the Australian Local Government Association and prepared by National Economics - some communities will become uninsurable against natural disasters because the cost of insurance is soaring in line with the increasing incidence of floods, fires and cyclones. ... click here for more information

Passing of referendum legislation in House of Reps a win for local communities

Thursday, 6 June 2013

The local government sector has applauded the passing of legislation through the House of Representatives last night that would allow a referendum to be held at the time of the September federal election to include local government in the Constitution. ... click here for more information

Group opposing local government referendum out of touch and out of step

Monday, 3 June 2013

The local government sector says the misguided views of a group comprising former Howard Government Ministers opposing efforts to include local government in the Constitution are in contrast to those of the current leader of the Federal Opposition. ... click here for more information

May 2013

Local Government calls on all federal MPs to support legislation for referendum

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is urging federal MPs to support legislation introduced into parliament today to allow a referendum to be held at the time of the September federal election to include local government in the Constitution. ... click here for more information

Poll reinforces local government's case for financial recognition referendum

Monday, 20 May 2013

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) says the latest results of a Nielsen poll showing the majority of Australian voters would support a referendum to include local government in the Constitution reinforce the sector's commitment to securing federal funding for vital local services and infrastructure. ... click here for more information

Local Government welcomes bill to allow 2013 referendum

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed today's release of the draft constitutional amendment bill, which outlines a small and pragmatic change to the Constitution to include local government. ... click here for more information

Local Government welcomes Budget initiatives for local communities

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Australian Government s 2013-14 Budget has delivered several new funding initiatives for local government. President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis has welcomed the plan outlined by Treasurer Wayne Swan tonight to return Australia to a Budget surplus over the coming years. ... click here for more information

Local Government calls for bipartisan support to ensure referendum success

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is calling on the Opposition to support legislation in parliament this week relevant to the referendum on financial recognition of local government, which is to be held at the time of the federal election in September. History shows that referendums do not succeed without bipartisan support. ... click here for more information

Full steam ahead for 2013 referendum on local government

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) President Felicity-ann Lewis has declared that the national campaign to convince Australians to vote 'yes' to include local government in the Constitution to secure funding for local services and infrastructure will intensify now that the Federal Government has ... click here for more information

March 2013

ALGA welcomes announcement of new Local Government Minister

Monday, 25 March 2013

The national representative body for local government, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has welcomed the appointment of Anthony Albanese to the Local Government portfolio, who replaces former Minister for Local Government and Regional Australia, Simon Crean. ... click here for more information

Local Government calls for support for Bill to allow public funding for referendum

Thursday, 21 March 2013

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has called on all political parties and independent MPs to support changes to the Referendums (Machinery Provisions) Act to remove existing constraints on public funding of referendums ahead of a potential referendum at the time of the September federal election to recognise ... click here for more information

Local government ramps up campaign effort as inquiry recommends 2013 referendum

Thursday, 7 March 2013

In a win for local government, the parliamentary committee charged with investigating the likelihood of Australians voting 'yes' in a 2013 referendum to recognise local government in the Constitution has today recommended that a referendum on the issue be put to voters at this year's federal election. ... click here for more information

February 2013

Local Government to address second parliamentary inquiry hearing into 2013 referendum

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) President Felicity-ann Lewis will reinforce the sector's commitment to a referendum to recognise local government in the Constitution when she appears before the second public hearing of the Joint Select Committee charged with investigating the likelihood of Australians ... click here for more information

ALGA calls for Federal Government action on local government referendum process

Friday, 8 February 2013

President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Felicity-ann Lewis will meet with Local Government Minister Simon Crean next week to seek early action by the Government to address recommendations of a Parliamentary Committee on the steps necessary for a referendum on constitutional recognition of local government to be held at the ... click here for more information

January 2013

Local Government welcomes preliminary recommendations of parliamentary committee

Thursday, 24 January 2013

The national representative body for local government, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has welcomed the recommendations of a preliminary report released today by the Joint Select Committee established by parliament to investigate the likelihood of Australians voting 'yes' at a 2013 referendum ... click here for more information

Local Government to appear before parliamentary inquiry into constitutional reform

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Vice Presidents Troy Pickard and Keith Rhoades will be outlining the case for constitutional recognition of local government in Sydney today when they appear before a public hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government at the New South Wales Parliament. ... click here for more information



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