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November 2016

Local government on board with Government's supply chain strategy

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the peak body representing local government and councils Australia-wide, has welcomed the Government s proposed National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy in its response to Infrastructure Australia's 15-year Plan today. ... click here for more information

New guide helps councils provide improved support for people with disability

Monday, 14 November 2016

A new guide for local government - the first in 20 years - has been launched in Brisbane today to help local councils meet their obligations to support the inclusion of Australians with disability in their communities under the National Disability Strategy. ... click here for more information

Councils renew calls for Commonwealth action on freight bottlenecks

Friday, 11 November 2016

Councils have renewed their calls to the Federal Government for action on freight bottlenecks on local roads and are seeking $200 million per year for five years from the Commonwealth to address the issue. ... click here for more information

Improving local roads is a matter of safety and equity

Thursday, 10 November 2016

For the local government sector, improving local roads is a matter of safety and equity and more support is needed from the Commonwealth to help councils address this issue, delegates have been told today at the opening of the National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Toowoomba by incoming President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Mayor David O'Loughlin. ... click here for more information

New presidents for the U.S and local government peak body

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

As the U.S awaits a clear result on its current close presidential race, local government peak body, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has voted in a new president, Mayor David O'Loughlin, at its annual general meeting in Toowoomba today. ... click here for more information

July 2016

Local government portfolio elevated to Cabinet Ministry

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The local government portfolio has been elevated to the Cabinet in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's new Ministry, a move that has been welcomed by the peak national body for local government, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). ... click here for more information

June 2016

ALGA Statement 22 July 2016

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The National General Assembly of Local Government has passed a resolution calling on the Federal Government and the Federal Parliament to treat with dignity and respect all members of the community regardless of gender and sexuality by supporting changes to the Marriage Act to achieve marriage equality for same sex couples. ... click here for more information

Opposition explicitly commits to reintroducing local government FAGs indexation

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Hon Julie Collins MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, has provided a firm commitment to local government delegates that if elected Labor will reintroduce the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) from July 2017, speaking at the National Assembly of Local Government in Canberra today. ... click here for more information

Athletics legend de Castella says community infrastructure a key asset

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Community infrastructure is an asset that plays a key role in promoting active lifestyles in our communities and we should find more ways to utilise it to encourage healthy living, former World Champion marathon runner and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Robert de Castella AO MBE, has said at the third day of the National General Assembly of Local Government today. ... click here for more information

$7b potential local government economic contribution must not be ignored this election

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Mayor Troy Pickard, President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has set out local government s plan to add an estimated $7.46 billion to national GDP and create an estimated 19,300 local jobs over three years on the second day of the 22nd National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra. ... click here for more information

Local government welcomes Coalition's Smart Cities Program announcement

Monday, 20 June 2016

Local government peak body, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has welcomed today s election commitment from the Coalition to a $50 million Smart Cities Program for local government initiatives which apply innovative, technology-based approaches in the areas of planning, infrastructure and service provision. ... click here for more information

Government closest to the community seeks support for productivity plan

Monday, 20 June 2016

Local government delegates attending the 22nd National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra today have called for politicians to support a freight productivity plan by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), which would add an estimated $1. ... click here for more information

Federal parties remain silent on regional development

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Local government peak body, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has called for Federal parties to release their positions on regional development this election following findings of a widening gap in employment rates, household incomes and productivity between and within Australia's regions and cities, which is intensifying the inequality across Australia s regions and the ... click here for more information

May 2016

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday, 19 May 2016

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE Eight concerned peak bodies have joined together to call on all political parties to make a commitment to maintaining long-term infrastructure spending to address the growing infrastructure shortfall and improve national productivity in a joint statement issued today ahead of the July 2 Federal election. ... click here for more information

Increased traffic congestion a symptom of larger infrastructure funding issue

Thursday, 19 May 2016

The traffic congestion experienced by many of Australia's major cities is a symptom of a larger infrastructure funding issue that is taking its toll on Australia's productivity, Mayor Troy Pickard, President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has said at the launch of a joint statement signed by ALGA and seven other peak bodies in Sydney today. ... click here for more information

Additional $50m Roads to Recovery funding for councils a good start

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The 2016-17 Federal budget indicates that Roads to Recovery funding will be increased by $50 million per year from 2019-20, which also confirms the continuation of the program beyond 2018-19, but according to the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), more is needed to address the $1. ... click here for more information

Local government recognised as a partner in Commonwealth's Smart Cities Plan

Monday, 2 May 2016

The Assistant Minister for Cities, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, has acknowledged local government as an important partner in delivering the Government's 'City Deals', a key feature in the Smart Policy pillar of its Smart Cities Plan to improve the liveability, productivity and connectivity of our major cities. ... click here for more information

April 2016

Proposed local government plan could add $7.46 billion to national GDP

Friday, 22 April 2016

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has today launched its election plan ahead of the upcoming Federal election that outlines a number of proposals which, if implemented, could add an estimated $7.46 billion to national GDP and create an estimated 19,300 local jobs over three years. ... click here for more information

February 2016

Report highlights important role of Local Government in boosting freight productivity

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Local Government has an important role to play in the broader national productivity agenda to enable more efficient movement of freight and remove first and last mile constraints across the national freight network, according to Infrastructure Australia's 15-year Australian Infrastructure Plan released today. ... click here for more information

Incoming regional development and infrastructure and transport ministers welcomed by Local Government

Monday, 15 February 2016

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the appointment of Senator the Hon Fiona Nash MP as Minister for Regional Development and the Hon Darren Chester MP as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport announced on Saturday. ... click here for more information

Local Government welcomes new Deputy Prime Minister

Friday, 12 February 2016

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) congratulates incoming Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, following his election unopposed to the position last night. ... click here for more information

$27 billion of Australia's local community infrastructure is at risk

Friday, 5 February 2016

5 Febraury 2016 A significant proportion of Australia's local community infrastructure is at risk of disrepair with an estimated $27 billion of community facilities in need of significant renewal and more Federal Government support is needed to restore them, according to the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). ... click here for more information



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