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November 2015

Peak local government body launches community infrastructure proposal to boost local economies

Thursday, 19 November 2015

A community infrastructure proposal that aims to stimulate local economic opportunities and create 5,000 jobs in Australian communities has today been launched by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) at the 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Ballarat, Victoria. ... click here for more information

Report calls for local government involvement in addressing national productivity

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

There is an opportunity for local government involvement in an integrated national approach to improve Australia's international competitiveness and address social inequity to lift national productivity, according to a report launched today at the 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Ballarat, Victoria. ... click here for more information

2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress heads to Ballarat

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Nearly 250 local government delegates will head to the 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Ballarat, which will be held from 18 - 19 November. The President of the Australian Local Government Association, Mayor Troy Pickard, said delegates at the conference will have their sights set on making local roads part of the national policy narrative. ... click here for more information

September 2015

Appointment of Cities Minister a positive step

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The appointment of the Hon Jamie Briggs MP as the Minister for Cities and the Built Environment is a positive step in addressing the challenges faced by Australia's cities and has been welcomed by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). ... click here for more information

Community priorities elevated under new Turnbull Ministry

Monday, 21 September 2015

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the appointment of the Hon Paul Fletcher MP as Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects and the opportunity to work with him as the new Minister on Local Government matters. ... click here for more information

ALGA welcomes incoming Prime Minister

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has congratulated the incoming Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, following his elevation to the leadership of the Federal Liberal Party. President of ALGA, Mayor Troy Pickard, said that he looks forward to a continued strong relationship with the Federal Government and to working with Mr Turnbull. ... click here for more information

July 2015

ALGA calls on councils to add to growing list of declining community infrastructure

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Councils Australia-wide have submitted more than 100 examples of ailing community infrastructure in need of replacement, maintenance or upgrades within just a week of a call-out from the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), highlighting local government's broader challenge of meeting the backlog and underspend in community infrastructure that has accumulated over the years and ... click here for more information

ALGA welcomes announcement on Voluntary Waste Industry Protocol

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the announcement today from the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and the Minister for Small Business, the Hon Bruce Billson MP, launching the Voluntary Waste Industry Protocol, which the Government says will give councils greater certainty on how to handle revenue collected before the repeal of the carbon tax in ... click here for more information

ALGA stands shoulder-to-shoulder with COAG Leaders to address inter-governmental challenges

Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has commended the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers on their cooperative and collegiate discussions at the COAG Leaders' Retreat and will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in finding solutions to the challenges facing all levels of government and improving outcomes for Australians now and into the future. ... click here for more information

June 2015

Federation White Paper Process must remain open to new ideas

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The President of the Australian Local Government Association, Mayor Troy Pickard, has called on all tiers of government and all sides of politics to keep an open mind on options canvassed during the Reform of Federation White Paper process, following the release of a Discussion Paper by Government today. ... click here for more information

ALGA congratulates Government on support for $1.1 billion extra funding to Roads to Recovery

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has congratulated the Government for its decision to support the ALP's proposal today to direct the revenue from the first two years of the fuel excise indexation, estimated to be $1.1 billion, towards additional Roads to Recovery funding for Local Government. ... click here for more information

ALGA welcomes proposed $1.1 billion extra funding to Roads to Recovery

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) welcomes and strongly supports the proposal today by the ALP to direct the revenue from the first two years of the fuel excise indexation, estimated to be $1.1 billion, towards additional Roads to Recovery funding for Local Government. ... click here for more information

ALGA reaffirms commitment to Federal White Paper reforms

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has restated its commitment to constructively engage in the White Paper reform processes on behalf of Local Government at the close of the Association's three-day National General Assembly of Local Government today. ... click here for more information

ALGA welcomes Local Government-focus in second round of Bridges Renewal Programme

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Australian Local Government Association has welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss, to focus the second round of the Bridges Renewal Programme so that it is open only to Local Government. ... click here for more information

Communities missing out on essential services thanks to 3-year freeze on Financial Assistance Grants

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Local Government is faced with the tough decision of cutting back on essential community services as a result of the 2014-15 Federal Budget s three-year freeze on Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) indexation, Mayor Troy Pickard, President of the Australian Local Government Association, has told delegates at the second day of the 21st National General Assembly of Local Government today. ... click here for more information

Celebrating 175 years of Local Government in Australia

Monday, 15 June 2015

From its humble beginnings in 1840, Local Government is today officially marking the 175th Anniversary of the establishment of Local Government in Australia at the opening of the 21st National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra. ... click here for more information

Report prompts call for new investment in regions to curb rising income inequality across Australia

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Reducing the inequality of income distribution within and between Australian regions through new investment will be pivotal to strengthening Australia's economy and bridging the employment fallout from the subsiding mining boom in low income regions, according to a report launched at the Regional Cooperation and Development Forum today. ... click here for more information

Launch of 2015-16 State of the Regions report at Regional Cooperation and Development Forum

Friday, 12 June 2015

Reducing the inequality of income distribution within and between Australian regions through new investment will be pivotal to strengthening Australia s economy and bridging the employment fallout from the subsiding mining boom in low income regions, according to the 2015 report State of the Regions: Inequality between and within regions. ... click here for more information

May 2015

Local government welcomes doubling of Roads to Recovery funding against a backdrop of tough times

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Local government welcomes doubling of Roads to Recovery funding against a backdrop of tough times The President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Mayor Troy Pickard, has welcomed the announcement in tonight's Budget that the Australian Government will meet its commitment to double the funding for the Roads to Recovery programme and provide additional Black Spots funding ... click here for more information

March 2015

Tax Reform Important for Local Government and Local Communities

Monday, 30 March 2015

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has today welcomed the release of the Commonwealth's Tax Discussion Paper and the process to review the way Australia's taxation revenue is collected. ... click here for more information

February 2015

ALGA sets priorities for year ahead

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has established its priorities for the year ahead, with the restoration of indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) the top agenda item for the ALGA Board. The ALGA Board met in Canberra last Thursday and Friday for a two day strategic planning meeting. ... click here for more information

Commonwealth Grants to councils support local communities

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Local councils across Australia have received the third payment of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) for this financial year, providing funds that are invested in essential community infrastructure and services ranging from local roads to swimming pools and libraries. Financial Assistance Grants are a vital part of the revenue base of all councils, and local government this year will receive $2. ... click here for more information



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