New Centre for Population | ALGA News 12 July 2019

President's column

Water security and reliability is again in the national headlines following the ABC TV Four Corners report into the Murray Darling Basin, and the Federal Government decision to wind up the Drought Task Force and fold it into the Department of Agriculture. ALGA has expressed its concerns to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet […]

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Commonwealth Treasury creates Centre for Population

A new Centre for Population has been created within the Commonwealth Department of Treasury to help all levels of government better understand population changes in cities, towns, regions, states and territories. The Centre was established on 1 July with a budget of $23.4 million to provide detailed advice and analysis on numerous population topics. It […]

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2019 NALG profile – Moreton Bay Region Council, QLD

A Queensland council’s program for children who have special needs such as low-sensory environments, that began in its libraries and has now expanded to art galleries and museums, has received the National Award for Local Government Disability Access and Inclusion category. The Backstage Pass program, operated after hours by Moreton Bay Regional Council and partner […]

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New study reviews Local Government approaches to domestic violence

A new study has reviewed what five local councils around the country are doing to prevent domestic and family violence, and offers suggestions for councils and others who are working to address the national problem. Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) reviewed the Local Government domestic and family violence prevention toolkit, which was […]

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Immense climate benefits from tree planting: study

A global effort to restore forests by planting about 500 billion trees could both remove carbon from the atmosphere and mitigate climate change, according to a new study. The study modelled mass planting on land that was not already used for farming, forests or urban areas and found it could increase earth’s forested area by […]

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New paper to assist migration to regional areas

The Regional Australia Institute has released a new paper aimed at helping regional communities to attract and retain migrants from Australia’s cities or overseas, new arrivals on skilled working visas, or humanitarian grounds. Steps to Settlement Success: A Toolkit for Rural and Regional Communities is based on interviews with community champions of regional settlement in […]

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Lord Mayors to host national homelessness summit

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors will in the next few months host a national summit on homelessness and housing affordability as they renew their efforts for an Australia-wide strategy to address the problem. Their decision follows a meeting this week in Brisbane between the lord mayors and Assistant Housing Minister Luke Howarth. “We […]

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Drone safety app

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is retiring its Can I fly there? app and urges people download an approved one made by Google spinoff, Wing Aviation. CASA will also allow industry and app developers to create their own apps within guidelines set by the authority. The authority’s other goals include an upgrade site that […]

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New national survey on smart cities, towns and regions

The Cities Division of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is running a survey to get responses from people in local government who are interested in smart technologies. The questionnaire takes about 25 minutes to complete and is aimed at elected officials such as councillors and mayors, project officers, CEOs and CIOs. […]

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Local Government NSW Water Management Conference 2019

Registrations now open

The annual Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Water Management Conference will be held at the Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury, 2 – 4 September 2019.

Delegates will hear a range of information on water policy, water management and issues associated with water supply and sewerage services provided by council-owned and operated local water utilities.

With much of NSW still in a severe drought, many councils face unprecedented challenges in providing safe water supplies.

This conference addresses these with perspectives on government policy, innovation, collaboration, and community.

Speakers include the Minister for Water (invited) and officials from the Bureau of Meteorology, the Regional Town Water Supply Coordinator and the Office of Emergency Management.

Visit the LGNSW website to register and check for updates.

National Local Roads and Transport Congress

The 2019 National Local Roads and Transport Congress will be held in Hahndorf, South Australia, just 30 minutes from Adelaide Airport. This year’s theme is ‘breaking through for modern transport’.

It’s an exciting time for the future of transport in Australia. New technologies are quickly emerging, creating opportunities as well as challenges for Councils. This year’s Congress will examine and explore emerging transport advancements.

Join us in the picturesque Adelaide Hills to meet federal decision makers, network with professionals from across Australia, and explore detailed metro and regional transport issues in concurrent sessions.

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