Local Government’s Arts & Culture investments | ALGA News 13 September 2019

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It’s just over nine weeks until our National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Hahndorf in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, only half an hour from downtown Adelaide. Registrations are already up on last year, indicating the joint metro and regional focus is hitting the mark. If you haven’t already registered, I encourage you to do+

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Local Gov behind 26% of Australia’s arts and cultural investment: study

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