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12 December 2008
Constitutional Summit - an historic meeting
Constitutional Summit - an historic meeting Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese reiterated the Government's commitment, Attorney General Robert McClelland said it would be difficult but 'achievable', Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull said he was
State of the Regions
State of the Regions The 2008-09 report on the state of regions commissioned by the Australian Local Government Association by forecasting group National Economics paints a bleak picture for communities across Australia unless swift and action is taken
ALGA congratulates Federal Government on ABC bailout
ALGA congratulates Federal Government on ABC bailout Cr Geoff Lake, President of the Australian Local Government Association, congratulated the Federal Government on its announcement to provide up to $34 million of additional funds to keep an additional
05 December 2008
Regional Development Australia and local government
Regional Development Australia and local government ALGA President Cr Geoff Lake met on Wednesday with the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia, Gary Gray.
Emergency Volunteer Support Fund
Emergency Volunteer Support Fund Attorney-General Robert McClelland has officially opened applications for this year's National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund, urging interested parties to seek Government funding.
Grants for coastcare
Grants for coastcare The Federal Government has announced $22.5 million in funds for more than 400 local and community groups on the nation's coastline. The funding comes under the Government's $2.
28 November 2008
Hotline for councils to apply for $300 million in community infrastructure funding
Hotline for councils to apply for $300 million in community infrastructure funding The Federal Government has launched the official Information Line to help councils and shires apply for funding through the new Regional and Local Community Infrastructure
Senate supports childcare inquiry
Senate supports childcare inquiry The Senate has supported a motion moved by the Greens to hold a Senate Inquiry into childcare in Australia, following the collapse of ABC Learning.
Smoke free areas in outdoor public places
Smoke free areas in outdoor public places Playgrounds, beaches and even suburban shopping precincts could be about to go smoke-free if a new bill wins support in State Parliament.
21 November 2008
$300m infrastructure funding welcomed by councils, communities
$300m infrastructure funding welcomed by councils, communities The Federal Government has received plaudits from a broad range of local government and community organisations, with the announcement of much-needed funding for councils under the new
National recognition for Australia's best local councils
National recognition for Australia's best local councils The winners of the prestigious National Awards for Local Government were announced at Parliament House on Monday night.
Inspirational Australian wins prestigious award
Inspirational Australian wins prestigious award Khoa Do, 2005 Young Australian of the Year, will deliver a keynote speech at the Local Government Constitutional Summit in Melbourne from December 8-11. To register to attend the Summit, go to http://nga.
14 November 2008
Infrastructure and constitutional recognition top agenda at ACLG
Infrastructure and constitutional recognition top agenda at ACLG The Federal Government has announced the key discussion themes for 'break-out' sessions at the Australian Council of Local Government meeting next Tuesday: improving engagement of local and
Funding regional and local community infrastructure
Funding regional and local community infrastructure The House of Representatives Committee on Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has taken the unusual step of releasing an Interim Report on 5 November even though the
ALGA President discusses settlement services with Parliamentary Secretary
ALGA President discusses settlement services with Parliamentary Secretary ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met recently with the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement, Laurie Ferguson.
07 November 2008
Roads to Recovery depreciation - ALGA's advocacy pays off
Roads to Recovery depreciation - ALGA's advocacy pays off The ineligibility for funding of the depreciation costs of council equipment used in the construction of Roads to Recovery-funded projects has been a concern for councils, especially councils in
Social impacts of drought hit main-street
Social impacts of drought hit main-street The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Tony Burke, has released a report by the Expert Panel on the Social Impacts on Drought.
From the President
From the President
31 October 2008
Call for broader federal reform agenda
Call for broader federal reform agenda A conference in Tenterfield at the weekend, coinciding with the anniversary of Sir Henry Parkes' Federation Oration in 1889, has called on the Commonwealth and State Governments to broaden their federalism reform
Meeting with Parliamentary Secretary Gary Gray
Meeting with Parliamentary Secretary Gary Gray ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met recently with the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia, Gary Gray.
Nationals vote for constitutional recognition
Nationals vote for constitutional recognition Constitutional recognition for local government was unanimously supported at the Nationals Federal Council meeting last weekend.
24 October 2008
ALGA talks up tax reform
ALGA talks up tax reform Today, ALGA will appear before the Tax Review Panel, chaired by Dr Ken Henry AC, to discuss the role of local government in Australia's tax system.
ALGA President meets Health Minister
ALGA President meets Health Minister ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met with the Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, at Parliament House on Wednesday.
Planning meeting for Australian Council of Local Government
Planning meeting for Australian Council of Local Government On Wednesday, ALGA President Cr Paul Bell and the Board met with Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese and Parliamentary Secretary Gary Gray.
17 October 2008
ALGA meets with Attorney-General
ALGA meets with Attorney-General ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met with Attorney-General Robert McClelland on Wednesday to discuss the review into mitigation programs being conducted by Emergency Management Australia.
Meeting with new Shadow Local Government Minister
Meeting with new Shadow Local Government Minister ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met with the new Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government, Scott Morrison, this week.
Frankston wins Australian Sustainable Cities national title
Frankston wins Australian Sustainable Cities national title Frankston came out ahead of a strong field when it won the recent Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Sustainable Cities National Awards.
10 October 2008
Housing Affordability Fund applications close on October 15
Housing Affordability Fund applications close on October 15 Expressions of interest in the Federal Government's $512 million Housing Affordability Fund close on October 15.
Constitutional Summit - early-bird registration still open
Constitutional Summit - early-bird registration still open The speakers at this year's Local Government Constitutional Summit will spark insights and challenge your thinking about constitutional recognition of local government.
Cultural Ministers' Meeting
Cultural Ministers' Meeting ALGA representative and MAV President Cr Dick Gross attended the recent Australian and New Zealand Cultural Ministers' meeting in Alice Springs.
03 October 2008
ALGA pushes aged care reform at COAG
ALGA pushes aged care reform at COAG At the COAG meeting in Perth yesterday, otherwise dominated by the global credit crisis, ALGA President Cr Paul Bell strongly supported the need for local government's role in home and community care to be
ALGA calls for Government rethink on waste dumps
ALGA calls for Government rethink on waste dumps The Federal Government should follow Professor Garnaut's recommendations to exclude waste dumps from the early stages of a carbon trading scheme, according to the President of the Australian Local
Local government a leader in 'positive ageing'
Local government a leader in 'positive ageing' This week, ALGA issued the results of the 2007 ageing survey it conducted as part of the Australian Local Government Population Ageing Action Plan 2004-2008 initiative (the Plan), which was supported by
26 September 2008
ALGA leads digital economy cheer-squad
ALGA leads digital economy cheer-squad ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met with the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and his staff to discuss the National Broadband Network process, the Broadband
Strong communities invest in cultural capital
Strong communities invest in cultural capital The 'We all Play a Part' campaign is preparing a submission calling on the Federal Government to renew Australia's cultural capital, by investing in local theatres and arts centres across the towns and
Australia's cleanest beach winner
Australia's cleanest beach winner Townsville's The Strand is the national winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches Awards.
19 September 2008
New Australian Council of Local Government
New Australian Council of Local Government Cr Paul Bell, President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister of the establishment of the new Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) in
Roads to Recovery lauded as bill debated in Parliament
Roads to Recovery lauded as bill debated in Parliament ALGA President Cr Paul Bell has written to all members of the new Senate advocating the smooth passage of the AusLink Bill which provides for the continuation of Roads to Recovery until 2014 and
Housing Affordability fund guidelines released
Housing Affordability fund guidelines released Councils and state governments are eligible for funding under the application guidelines for the Government's new Housing Affordability Fund (HAF) launched this week by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Housing
12 September 2008
ALGA responds to Green Paper on Climate Change
ALGA responds to Green Paper on Climate Change The Federal Government should follow Garnaut's recommendations to exclude waste dumps from a carbon trading scheme, according to ALGA's submission on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) Green Paper.
Housing Ministers meet in Canberra
Housing Ministers meet in Canberra ALGA President Cr Paul Bell joined his Federal, State and Territory Housing Ministerial colleagues on Friday to progress a range of initiatives designed to help combat housing affordability, poor-quality indigenous
Canberrans urged to 'get on your bike'
Canberrans urged to 'get on your bike' A program to encourage people to make healthier and more sustainable travel services was the overall winner of the 2008 ACT Sustainable Cities Awards announced last week by the Minister for Territory and Municipal
05 September 2008
Local government calls for a fair share of taxation revenue
Local government calls for a fair share of taxation revenue The Australia's Future Tax System Review Panel invites submissions as part of the broad strategy for consulting with the Australian community.
Blokey local government culture 'has to change'
Blokey local government culture 'has to change' The Minister for the Status of Women Tanya Plibersek said that a culture change was needed so that a 'critical mass' of women could move up into management and leadership roles in local government.
Call for 'big-picture' infrastructure ideas
Call for 'big-picture' infrastructure ideas Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Infrastructure Australia Chair Sir Rod Eddington have called for the community to put forward ideas for national infrastructure projects.
29 August 2008
Roads to Recovery extended to 2014
Roads to Recovery extended to 2014 The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Mr Anthony Albanese, yesterday introduced into Federal Parliament a Bill to amend the AusLink (National Land Transport) Act 2005 to
Planning Ministers Reform Group meets
Planning Ministers Reform Group meets The Local Government and Planning Ministers Council sub-group on planning reform held its first meeting in Sydney on 27 August.
Nation's top public servant outlines importance of local engagement
Nation's top public servant outlines importance of local engagement The Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Terry Moran, addressed a breakfast gathering in Canberra this week on the importance of government developing a corporate
22 August 2008
Constitutional reform - calm and steady wins the day
Constitutional reform - calm and steady wins the day ALGA's Constitutional Forum held in Canberra this week provided an opportunity to consider ways to achieve change to the Australian Constitution to better reflect the role of local government.
Impacts of emissions trading on local government
Impacts of emissions trading on local government ALGA is commissioning a research paper on the impacts on local government of the emissions cap and trade system as outlined by the Federal Government.
Local government recommendations on liquor licensing
Local government recommendations on liquor licensing Local government needs more support to better manage alcohol-related issues and minimise harms through planning, licensing and regulatory functions, according to the National Local Government Drug and
15 August 2008
Ministers warm to planning reform in cold Hobart
Ministers warm to planning reform in cold Hobart Local Government and Planning Ministers agreed to measures to accelerate planning reform at the 7th meeting of the Local Government and Planning Ministers Council (LGPMC) in Hobart on 13 August.
Disaster planning for local government
Disaster planning for local government ALGA, State Associations, and several local council representatives attended pandemic exercise workshops around the country as part of Exercise Sustain 08, designed to enhance Australia's capacity to deal with such
The artistic heart of a community is local government
The artistic heart of a community is local government Local government arts and performing venues are "the cultural hubs that feed life and creativity into the community," according to the CEO of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association
08 August 2008
28 councils sign funding agreements for Regional Partnerships
28 councils sign funding agreements for Regional Partnerships Twenty-eight councils have successfully signed funding agreements with the Federal Government for community infrastructure projects promised under the disbanded Regional Partnerships program,
Taxation review discussion paper released
Taxation review discussion paper released ALGA welcomed the release this week by Treasury Secretary Dr Ken Henry AC (pictured) of the first Discussion Paper on the review of Australia's Future Tax System.
The innovation of NSW councils highlighted at awards
The innovation of NSW councils highlighted at awards A water education program, a bike recycling project and an informative community newsletter were some of the projects recognised at the annual Local Government Week Awards evening held at Parramatta
01 August 2008
Councils urged to apply for natural disaster mitigation funds
Councils urged to apply for natural disaster mitigation funds ALGA President Cr Paul Bell has urged local government to apply for funding under the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program for 2008-09.
Score points for the environment
Score points for the environment To help celebrate Keep Australia Beautiful Week, which kicks off on Monday 25th August, local councils are being encouraged to participate in the Score points for the Environment challenge, to help tackle climate change
Local government assists its neighbours
Local government assists its neighbours ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met with the Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, at Parliament House earlier this year to discuss the Government's approach to foreign aid and
25 July 2008
ALGA addresses Senate Committee on fiscal relations
ALGA addresses Senate Committee on fiscal relations This morning ALGA addressed the Senate Select Committee on State Government Financial Management which is focusing on Commonwealth and state and territory fiscal relations and financial management.
ALGA responds to Housing Affordability Fund Consultation Paper
ALGA responds to Housing Affordability Fund Consultation Paper ALGA's submission to the Federal Government's Housing Affordability Fund Consultation Paper underlines the effects of housing affordability stress on many households and its adverse impacts
National Aviation Policy Statement
National Aviation Policy Statement Nearly 40 councils, local government associations and community groups have responded to the Federal Government's discussion paper on a National Aviation Policy Statement.
18 July 2008
Minister Wong announces climate change Green Paper - submissions open
Minister Wong announces climate change Green Paper - submissions open ALGA is preparing a submission to the Federal Government following the release of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper on Wednesday by the Minister for Climate Change and
Regional infrastructure funding - your chance to have a say
Regional infrastructure funding - your chance to have a say ALGA's submission to the Inquiry into a New Regional Development Funding Program was sent to the House of Representatives Infrastructure and Regional Development Committee this week for
Ministerial Council on Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
Ministerial Council on Immigration and Multicultural Affairs The Ministerial Council on Immigration and Multicultural Affairs met in Perth recently. The meeting was chaired by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans.
11 July 2008
The Garnaut Report and Local Government
The Garnaut Report and Local Government There has been a great deal of media speculation over the past week about the Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS) and the Garnaut Climate Change Review.
Community infrastructure promotes active living
Community infrastructure promotes active living ALGA, together with the National Heart Foundation and the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), has provided a tripartite submission to the Inquiry into Obesity, which is being conducted by the House of
Greens weigh in on climate change
Greens weigh in on climate change Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown laid down the gauntlet for the Government and the Opposition at the National Press Club this week, with a steely resolve to use the party's Senate numbers to force through tough emissions
04 July 2008
ALGA President attends COAG
ALGA President attends COAG ALGA President Cr Paul Bell attended the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in Sydney yesterday.
Grain Lines response provides 'some hope'
Grain Lines response provides 'some hope' The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, has rejected ALGA's call for a national approach for grain transportation, whilst providing some hope for
ALGA's submission to the Aviation Policy Review
ALGA's submission to the Aviation Policy Review ALGA's submission to the Federal Government's review of national aviation policy calls for an assessment of the costs of council ownership of airports; a more balanced approach that recognises the level of
27 June 2008
ALGA President meets with Local Government Minister
ALGA President meets with Local Government Minister ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met with the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, at Parliament House last week.
Meeting with Housing Minister Tanya Plibersek
Meeting with Housing Minister Tanya Plibersek ALGA President Cr Paul met with Housing Minister Tanya Plibersek last Thursday at Parliament House to discuss the Government's Housing Affordability Fund and electronic Development Assessment initiative to
Meeting with Senator Alan Eggleston
Meeting with Senator Alan Eggleston Cr Bell met with Senator Alan Eggleston, the former Mayor of Pt Hedland, last week in his Parliament House office.
20 June 2008
R2R allocations, depreciation of equipment discussed at Roads Congress
R2R allocations, depreciation of equipment discussed at Roads Congress The Federal Government reaffirmed its commitment to Roads to Recovery (R2R) at the National Local Roads and Transport Conference in Shepparton this week.
Truss outlines transport challenges facing Australia
Truss outlines transport challenges facing Australia Nationals Leader and Infrastructure, Transport and Local Government Shadow Minister, Warren Truss, outlined the transport challenges facing all spheres of government at the National Local Roads and
Fischer calls for balance between road and rail
Fischer calls for balance between road and rail Former deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer argued for a rethink of Australia's freight system and how the use of rail could be maximised at ALGA's National Local Roads and Transport Congress this week.
13 June 2008
Councils vie for a slice of $100 million for Coastcare
Councils vie for a slice of $100 million for Coastcare Councils are reminded that applications close at 5.00 pm Friday 25 July 2008 for the Community Coastcare grants.
Local Government recognised in Queen's birthday honours
Local Government recognised in Queen's birthday honours Local government stood out this week in the Queen's birthday honours with serving and former mayors and councillors receiving awards across a range of categories.
ALGA President meets head of Opposition's federalism taskforce
ALGA President meets head of Opposition's federalism taskforce ALGA President Cr Paul Bell recently met with Kevin Andrews MP, the head of the Opposition's federalism taskforce, to discuss local government's view of its role in the federation.
06 June 2008
A place in the sun for local government
A place in the sun for local government Constitutional recognition is the 'hot topic' at the moment for councils around Australia.
Inquiry into a new regional development funding program
Inquiry into a new regional development funding program ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met with Independent MP Tony Windsor last week to discuss local government's interest in regional development funding and in developing a new transparent and accountable
ALGA President meets with Opposition Local Government Spokeswoman
ALGA President meets with Opposition Local Government Spokeswoman ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met last week with the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary on Local Government, Sophie Mirabella, to discuss local government's constitutional recognition summit in
30 May 2008
ALGA President meets with Attorney-General
ALGA President meets with Attorney-General ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met with the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, this week to discuss local government's concern about the extension of the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program for only one year.
ALGA President urges Govt to extend Grain Rail Task Force to other states
ALGA President urges Govt to extend Grain Rail Task Force to other states ALGA President Cr Paul Bell has written to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, seeking an expansion of the
End of June deadline for submissions to broadband review
End of June deadline for submissions to broadband review The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, has written to ALGA inviting submissions from local government relating to broadband solutions for rural and
23 May 2008
Former local councillor appointed to board of Infrastructure Australia
Former local councillor appointed to board of Infrastructure Australia ALGA President Cr Paul Bell has welcomed the appointment of Professor Peter Newman to the Infrastructure Australia Advisory Council.
Dealing with the Media at ALGA's Roads and Transport Congress
Dealing with the Media at ALGA's Roads and Transport Congress It is only three weeks to the Congress. There has been a good response from councils registering to attend. There are however still vacancies available.
Australian councils called on to help PNG local government
Australian councils called on to help PNG local government Expressions of interest have been called from Australian councils to partner with PNG councils for a capacity building program at local government to local government level.
16 May 2008
ALGA's policy agenda taken up in 2008-09 Federal Budget
ALGA's policy agenda taken up in 2008-09 Federal Budget The President of the Australian Local Government Association, Cr Paul Bell, has welcomed the endorsement of many of ALGA's pre-Budget proposals in the Federal Budget 2008-09.
ALGA ready to work with Govt on local community infrastructure
ALGA ready to work with Govt on local community infrastructure The President of the Australian Local Government Association, Cr Paul Bell, has applauded the Federal Government's announcement in this week's Budget that a Regional and Local Community
Transport Funding - 2008-09 Federal Budget
Transport Funding - 2008-09 Federal Budget The first Rudd Government Budget locks in the funding increases for the AusLink program announced in the 2007 Budget.
09 May 2008
PM outlines role for Local Government in affordable housing
PM outlines role for Local Government in affordable housing In a wide-ranging speech to the Housing Industry Association, the Prime Ministrer, Mr Kevin Rudd, has reaffirmed the Commonwealth's commitment to a Housing Affordability Fund - and a big role
Australian Transport Council meeting report
Australian Transport Council meeting report Australian, State and Territory Transport Ministers, the New Zealand Minister for Transport Safety and the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) met in Melbourne last Friday to
Barcaldine's Tree of Knowledge Lives On
Barcaldine's Tree of Knowledge Lives On Barcaldine Regional Council, in Queensland's central west, has been presented with 35 clones and cuttings of the historic Tree of Knowledge as part of the State's Labour Day celebrations.
02 May 2008
ALGA puts the Budget case for local government
ALGA puts the Budget case for local government In a cogently argued 2008/2009 Budget submission to the Commonwealth, ALGA President, Cr.
Truss attending Roads Congress
Truss attending Roads Congress The leader of the National Party and Opposition spokesman on transport, Warren Truss, will be speaking at the National Local Roads and Transport Congress to be held in Shepparton, Victoria, from 15-17 June 2008.
Minister comes out strongly in support of local govt
Minister comes out strongly in support of local govt The federal minister responsible for local government, Anthony Albanese, this week made one of the strongest Commonwealth government statements on record in support of local government.
25 April 2008
The 2020 Summit and local government at a glance
The 2020 Summit and local government at a glance The ALGA was one of 3,600 individuals or groups that made almost 8, 800 submissions to the Australia2020 Summit convened by the Prime Minister on 19 and 20 April in Canberra.
Productivity Commission Report on local government revenue-raising capacity
Productivity Commission Report on local government revenue-raising capacity The Productivity Commission Report, released on April 17, presents 29 findings about the capacity of local governments to raise own-source revenue.
Staffing woes
Staffing woes Older men and women for a tight staff market: Paul Bell ALGA President, Cr Paul Bell, says attracting older men and more women is the key to local government beating the tight staff market.
18 April 2008
Launch of Constitutional Recognition Website
Launch of Constitutional Recognition Website Recognition in the Australian Constitution is one of the most important challenges facing local government today. It is an issue that we need to manage properly if we are to maximise our chance of success.
2020 Summit - This weekend
2020 Summit - This weekend This weekend (April 19-20) ALGA President Cr Paul Bell will be attending the 2020 Summit in Canberra. The 2020 Summit is an opportunity for policy innovation and for consideration of initiatives to move Australia forward.
Review of National Aviation Policy
Review of National Aviation Policy The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Anthony Albanese, has released an Issues Paper and announced a review of National Aviation Policy.
11 April 2008
ALGA President writes to Minister on broadband roll-out
ALGA President writes to Minister on broadband roll-out ALGA President Cr Paul Bell has strongly backed a timely, cost-effective and extensive roll-out of high-speed broadband in a letter sent this week to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and
Launch of Constitutional Recognition Website
Launch of Constitutional Recognition Website ALGA will launch its Constitutional Recognition website on April 18.
Councils lead the way in climate change
Councils lead the way in climate change Last Friday, ALGA attended the COAG Climate Change and Water Working Group Adaptation Sub-Group meeting.
04 April 2008
Ministers support the role of the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program
Ministers support the role of the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program Mayor Cr Barry Easter, representing the President of ALGA, attended the first Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Services in Canberra 26th March 2008, chaired by
Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport
Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport ALGA has provided critical comments on the draft report of the Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport being conducted by the Federal Government.
First-ever State of Regions launch at Parliament House
First-ever State of Regions launch at Parliament House Over 70 MPs and Senators from all sides of politics, and ALGA stakeholders, attended a briefing at Parliament House recently on the 2007-08 State of the Regions Report.
28 March 2008
Council of Australian Governments meets in Adelaide
Council of Australian Governments meets in Adelaide ALGA President Cr Paul Bell attended the COAG meeting in Adelaide on 26 March 2008.
ALGA President urges Government to 'reconsider' environment cuts
ALGA President urges Government to 'reconsider' environment cuts ALGA President Cr Paul Bell made urgent representations to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,
ALGA Board meets with the Hon Gary Gray MP
ALGA Board meets with the Hon Gary Gray MP Members of the ALGA Board held discussions with the Hon Gary Gray MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia, on Wednesday 19 March.
14 March 2008
ALGA calls for NRM funding certainty
ALGA calls for NRM funding certainty ALGA President Cr Paul Bell wrote recently to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd regarding the continuing uncertainty of funding for national natural resource management programs.
President's plea for constitutional recognition
President's plea for constitutional recognition In a passionate plea for Constitutional recognition for local government, the ALGA President Cr Paul Bell said the lack of recognition for local government in the Constitution is 'one of the fatal flaws in
ALGA spreads word about breast cancer research
ALGA spreads word about breast cancer research The Chair of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Ros Kelly, addressed a Parliamentary breakfast yesterday to raise awareness of breast cancer research initiatives.
07 March 2008
ALGA President welcomes $30 million for eDAs
ALGA President welcomes $30 million for eDAs ALGA President Cr Paul Bell has welcomed an announcement by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of a Government investment of up to $30 million to roll-out nationally electronic development assessments (eDAs) and online
Roads Congress - securing the first mile
Roads Congress - securing the first mile This year's National Local Roads and Transport Congress will follow closely after the Rudd Government's first budget in May.
International Women's Day - local government needs you!
International Women's Day - local government needs you! Thousands of women across Australia will commemorate International Women's Day tomorrow with many events taking on a sombre and reflective tone as despite progress that has been made, women are
29 February 2008
National Constitutional Summit - 8-11 December 2008, Melbourne
National Constitutional Summit - 8-11 December 2008, Melbourne The achievement of formal recognition remains one of the most cherished goals of local government, so we can finally take a seat at the federalism table as an equal partner with the states
ALGA President to attend 2020 Summit - Women and men of local government encouraged to nominate
ALGA President to attend 2020 Summit - Women and men of local government encouraged to nominate Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has invited ALGA President Cr Paul Bell to attend the Australia 2020 Summit at Parliament House in Canberra on 19 and 20 April 2008.
Indigenous leader calls for better infrastructure and services for remote communities
Indigenous leader calls for better infrastructure and services for remote communities Indigenous leader and former Australian of the Year Galarrwuy Yunupingu has vowed to hold the Federal Government accountable for providing basic infrastructure.
22 February 2008
Minister Albanese addresses National Press Club
Minister Albanese addresses National Press Club ALGA welcomed the Government's commitment to infrastructure and the details of the establishment of Infrastructure Australia in a speech by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development
President meets with Minister Plibersek on housing affordability
President meets with Minister Plibersek on housing affordability ALGA President Cr Paul Bell met this week with the Commonwealth Minister for Housing and the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek, to discuss the important issue of housing affordability.
ALGA raises concerns about Productivity Draft Report findings
ALGA raises concerns about Productivity Draft Report findings ALGA has raised concerns about the findings of the Productivity Commission's Draft Report Assessing Local Government Revenue Raising Capacity in its comments on the report provided to the
15 February 2008
History made as Federal Parliament apologises to Stolen Generations
History made as Federal Parliament apologises to Stolen Generations Indigenous adults and children gave federal parliamentarians a long standing ovation after MPs formally apologised on Wednesday for the pain and suffering inflicted on the stolen
ALGA's 2008-09 Budget Submission
ALGA's 2008-09 Budget Submission ALGA President Cr Paul Bell has urged the Federal Government to address the financial relationship between local government and the Commonwealth in the upcoming May Budget.
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08 February 2008
First meetings of 3 COAG working groups
First meetings of 3 COAG working groups ALGA has participated in recent COAG climate change, housing and infrastructure working group meetings. These working groups were part of the seven established at the COAG meeting on 20 December 2007.
$150 million damage bill after Queensland floods
$150 million damage bill after Queensland floods Recent flooding has cost local government $59 million, and the Queensland economy at least $150 million.
Cr Helen Scott OAM JP
Cr Helen Scott OAM JP The National Secretary of the Australian Local Government Women's Association, Cr Helen Scott, is one of 26 local government recipients of awards in the 2008 Australian Day Honours List.


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