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President's column

In my President's Column this week, I would like to address an important issue that is facing our sector and that is likely to play out over the coming months.

With the Federal 2017-18 Budget to be handed down in May, and no cast-iron guarantee that the Government will reintroduce indexation to Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs), it is important for our sector to come together now to lock in the Government's support and commitment to restoring the indexation as signalled in the last Federal Budget.

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Call for council motions to 2017 NGA

ALGA is inviting local councils to participate in the 2017 National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA) by submitting a notice of motion under the NGA theme of Building Tomorrow's Communities.

The NGA, to be held in Canberra from 18 to 21 June, is an opportunity for individual councils to identify matters of national relevance to the sector and to submit notices of motion to seek the Assembly's support for these matters to be considered by ALGA as national policy.

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Time running out to apply for Building Better Regions Fund

Minister for Regional Development, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, has reminded local councils and community groups that applications for infrastructure projects under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) close in two weeks' time.

Minister Nash said the BBRF infrastructure stream will invest in projects that drive new investment across rural, regional and remote Australia.

"The strongest applications will highlight the economic benefits of the project and show how it will create ongoing jobs and strengthen the local community," she said.

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Around the nation: FAGs indexation freeze impact on councils

In the 2014-15 Federal Budget, the decision was made to pause the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) for three years. The continuation of this freeze means the grants have not increased in line with CPI and population increases.

The subsequent reduction of FAGs to local government has cut hundreds of millions of dollars from local communities each year. According to Government estimates, the 'frozen' portion of FAGs amounts in real terms to more than $300 million per year being taken

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Record-breaking year for tourism

International and domestic visitors have contributed a record $116.7 billion to the Australian economy, creating new jobs and reconfirming the tourism sector's status as a super growth sector.

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eSafety office to help all Australians online

The Government has introduced new legislation to enhance online safety for all Australians. The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Amendment Bill will rename the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner to

New Aboriginals Benefit Account funding round now open

A new Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding round has opened this week and organisations in the Northern Territory - including local councils - are invited to apply.

Grants to support participation of people with disability at conferences

The Government is offering grants of up to $10,000 to assist people with disability to participate in nationally-focused, disability-related conferences held in Australia.

2017 Closing the Gap report

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week launched the ninth Closing the Gap report, which showcases some of the successes being achieved at a local level across the country

2nd National Welcoming Cities Symposium

The 2nd National Welcoming Cities Symposium will take place on March 1 in Melbourne from 9am to 3.30pm. The event will feature international speakers and panel discussions

Webinar: How process improvement boosts council productivity

Port Stephens Council wanted all functions and activities to have their processes mapped, managed, reviewed and continuously improved in order to deliver an agreed level of output

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Essential upgrades to isolated airstrips across Australia

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP, has announced 91 aerodrome upgrade projects funded under Round 4 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme

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Record-breaking year for tourism

International and domestic visitors have contributed a record $116.7 billion to the Australian economy, creating new jobs and reconfirming the tourism sector's status as a super growth sector.

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eSafety office to help all Australians online

The Government has introduced new legislation to enhance online safety for all Australians. The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Amendment Bill will rename the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner to

New Aboriginals Benefit Account funding round now open

A new Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding round has opened this week and organisations in the Northern Territory - including local councils - are invited to apply.

Grants to support participation of people with disability at conferences

The Government is offering grants of up to $10,000 to assist people with disability to participate in nationally-focused, disability-related conferences held in Australia.

2017 Closing the Gap report

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week launched the ninth Closing the Gap report, which showcases some of the successes being achieved at a local level across the country

2nd National Welcoming Cities Symposium

The 2nd National Welcoming Cities Symposium will take place on March 1 in Melbourne from 9am to 3.30pm. The event will feature international speakers and panel discussions

Webinar: How process improvement boosts council productivity

Port Stephens Council wanted all functions and activities to have their processes mapped, managed, reviewed and continuously improved in order to deliver an agreed level of output

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