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Reflecting the enthusiasm of our communities, Local Government has long been an active participant in seeking to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions - be it generating or purchasing green energy, downsizing or electrifying fleet, cutting power use, offering local subsidies, or many other initiatives.

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'Urgent need' for Intergovernmental collaboration on disaster mitigation

A Senate committee inquiry into the general insurance industry has recommended that the Federal Government work with the states and territories to reform national disaster funding arrangements, as "a matter of urgency".

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Councils 'on notice' over citizenship ceremonies

The City of Yarra Council has been stripped of its authority to stage citizenship ceremonies after voting this week to stop referring to January 26 as Australia Day and to abandon citizenship ceremonies on that day from 2018.

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Future regulation of drones on CASA's radar

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is seeking industry and community comment on the future regulation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in Australia. RPA (or drones) have emerged as a transformative business tool within a relatively short time, though their quick take-up has sparked privacy and community safety concerns.

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PBS heavy vehicle efficiency and safety scheme under review

The National Transport Commission has released a discussion paper presenting preliminary findings of an evaluation of the Performance-Based Standards Scheme which is aimed at enhancing heavy vehicle productivity and safety and canvassing improvements in its efficiency and effectiveness.

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Food regulators advance safety initiatives

Undeclared food allergens, product recalls, and chemical migration from packaging into food were major discussion topics at the annual meeting of Australian and New Zealand food regulation authorities in Wellington on August 2-3.

Government refocuses RDAs on Investment and Economic Development

The Federal Minister for Regional Development, Senator Fiona Nash, has announced a series of measures aimed at improving the focus and operation of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committees. The announcement follows consideration of a report into RDAs by former Howard Government Minster Warwick Smith which was delivered to the Turnbull Government at the end of 2016.

Councils well-placed to shape localities: UTS study

A University of Technology Sydney report has found Local Government is ''uniquely positioned to shape and build local places''. The report, prepared by UTS's Institute for Public Policy and Governance, explored the role of local councils in local renewal initiatives that included community input and involvement.

David Singleton to steer Smart Cities awards

The Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand has announced that its inaugural national Smart Cities Awards program will be guided by global cities and infrastructure expert David Singleton. Announcing the awards program in Sydney this week, SCCANZ Executive Director Adam Beck said Mr Singleton would bring to the awards ''a level of experience in city shaping second to none''.

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Future regulation of drones on CASA's radar

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is seeking industry and community comment on the future regulation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in Australia. RPA (or drones) have emerged as a transformative business tool within a relatively short time, though their quick take-up has sparked privacy and community safety concerns.

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PBS heavy vehicle efficiency and safety scheme under review

The National Transport Commission has released a discussion paper presenting preliminary findings of an evaluation of the Performance-Based Standards Scheme which is aimed at enhancing heavy vehicle productivity and safety and canvassing improvements in its efficiency and effectiveness.

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Food regulators advance safety initiatives

Undeclared food allergens, product recalls, and chemical migration from packaging into food were major discussion topics at the annual meeting of Australian and New Zealand food regulation authorities in Wellington on August 2-3.

Government refocuses RDAs on Investment and Economic Development

The Federal Minister for Regional Development, Senator Fiona Nash, has announced a series of measures aimed at improving the focus and operation of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committees. The announcement follows consideration of a report into RDAs by former Howard Government Minster Warwick Smith which was delivered to the Turnbull Government at the end of 2016.

Councils well-placed to shape localities: UTS study

A University of Technology Sydney report has found Local Government is ''uniquely positioned to shape and build local places''. The report, prepared by UTS's Institute for Public Policy and Governance, explored the role of local councils in local renewal initiatives that included community input and involvement.

David Singleton to steer Smart Cities awards

The Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand has announced that its inaugural national Smart Cities Awards program will be guided by global cities and infrastructure expert David Singleton. Announcing the awards program in Sydney this week, SCCANZ Executive Director Adam Beck said Mr Singleton would bring to the awards ''a level of experience in city shaping second to none''.

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