Federal Election Wrap | ALGA News 17 May 2019

President's column

This week ALGA welcomed the Australian Labor Party’s commitments under the Plan for Local Government issued by the Opposition in response to our Federal Election priorities document, All Politics is Local, which we issued last September. Our document identified 12 priorities including restoring funding assistance to local government, improving the safety of local roads, national […]

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Major parties release deals for cities partnerships

The major parties have both pledged support for Australian cities with partnership agreements aimed at benefitting communities by improving relations between all three levels of government. Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, wrote to ALGA to outline the Coalition’s plans to develop City Deals with councils in Melbourne’s northwest and southeast and […]

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City of Sydney approves 24-hours trading plans

Businesses in central Sydney will be able to trade for 24 hours from June, subject to relevant NSW ‘lock out’ legislation, after new planning controls were adopted by City of Sydney Council. The new 24-hour trading area encompasses Darling Harbour in the west to Hyde Park in the east, south to Central Station, while businesses […]

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Vale Bob Hawke, champion of 1988 Local Government Referendum

ALGA joins Australians in expressing its sadness over the death of former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. Australia’s 24th Prime Minister held a referendum in 1988 to give constitutional recognition for local government and create a new section, 119A. “This would have recognised the existing reality of local governments in Australia as state-created entities but would […]

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ALGWA National Conference marks centenary of women in local government

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) National Conference has this week convened in Blacktown, western Sydney, to celebrate the achievements of women in local government and renew their efforts toward achieving equal representation. ALGWA National President, Cr Carol Ross, told delegates that Tasmania’s local governments had reached 39% female representation, while NSW, the most […]

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NGA/Regional Forum update

A refreshed program for the 25th National General Assembly (NGA19) is now available online, and an app for Apple and Android devices will be released shortly. Registration numbers are looking very strong for both the Assembly and Regional Forum, which runs from 16-19 June at the National Convention Centre Canberra. We’re honoured that one of […]

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Canberra to host Australia’s first hydrogen vehicle refueling station

Australia’s first publicly-available hydrogen vehicle refueling station will open in Canberra at the end of 2019. The facility, a joint project between local utility ACTEWAGL and the French renewable energy company Neoen, is under construction in the industrial suburb of Fyshwick and due to begin operations in December. “Tackling climate change means tackling transport pollution, […]

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NHVR releases new Performance Based Standards for Road Managers

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator this week released a new guidebook for road managers who grant access to large vehicles which need to use local road networks. The Performance Based Standards: An introduction for road managers outlines the thousands of combinations such vehicles can comprise, and includes details about how to respond to an access […]

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Productivity Commission seeks submissions on new transport issues paper

The Productivity Commission’s new National Transport Regulatory Reform paper seeks feedback as it assesses transport reforms since an agreement was reached at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2009. The regulatory regimes cover maritime safety, rail safety, heavy vehicle safety and productivity. COAG’s intention was to improve safety while reducing costs and regulatory burden […]

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2019 Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference

The 17-19 June conference in Canberra will examine just how prepared communities are for disasters and more extreme hazards. It will bring together a range of voices to explore how a scenario of severe and cascading hazards would impact upon social, natural, structural and economic systems today and in 2035, with some systems pushed to […]

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Tribunal approves rate rises for six Sydney councils

The NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has approved applications from five Sydney councils, and partially agreed a sixth, to increase general rates above the 2.7% peg. Applications from Burwood, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Randwick and Sutherland councils were approved in full and will be effective from 1 July 2019. North Sydney Council’s application was […]

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Showcase 2019

TechnologyOne is Australia’s largest enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) company and one of Australia’s top 200 ASX-listed companies (ASX:TNE). Join us at Showcase 2019 for a one-day event, to hear inspiring business leaders at the forefront of their own industry digital transformation.

Hear how industry leaders in Local Government are transforming to create better connected communities, with a focus on customer centricity, digital transformation and the shift to 24/7 service delivery.

Agenda Highlights

Best in class: How local councils are cutting through the hype to deliver real world benefits

Moreton Bay Regional Council (QLD) and Shellharbour City Council (NSW)

Disrupt or be disrupted

Mitch Lowe, Netflix co-founding executive and MoviePass CEO

CEO’s have spoken: Key insights from IBRS State of Enterprise Software Report

Dr. Joe Sweeney, Research Analyst, IBRS

Register now to secure your spot, places are strictly limited.



The Melbourne Planning Summit

Melbourne Planning Summit
17 – 18 July, ZINC, Federation Square
Early Bird rates close on May 31st

The Melbourne Planning Summit will provide an opportunity to discuss critical and timely insights into the current issues facing planning in the Greater Melbourne region, and the future of planning, transport, smart cities and urban development over the next 30 years.

Best practice case studies will be presented, show-casing innovative and successful planning solutions for a vibrant and liveable urban future.Over 35 speakers will be presenting at the Summit.

The Summit is partnered by the Committee for Melbourne, the Planning Institute of Australia, the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Property Institute of Australia.

Early Bird rates of $1195 are available until May 31st. There is also an additional 15% discount for groups of 3 or more delegates.

To view the Agenda and to register, go to www.melbourneplanning2019.com.au



Celebrating 100 years of women councillors!

On December 10 1919 Susan Grace Benny was elected to Brighton Council in South Australia – making her the first woman elected to any level of Australian government.

In 1920 Mary Rogers was elected to Richmond City Council, Victoria, making her the first woman in Victoria, and Elizabeth Clapham was elected to Cottesloe Town Council, Western Australia, becoming the first woman in WA.

In 1925 Dr. Ellen Kent-Hughes was elected to Kingaroy Shire Council, Queensland becoming the first woman in Queensland, and in 1928 Lilian Fowler was elected to Newtown Municipal Council, NSW, becoming the first woman in NSW.

What is your Council doing to celebrate these milestones?




NIASA Limiting your plant sourcing risk

It can be hard to be across all the risks which are possible when souring plants, likewise it’s hard to see what happens behind the scenes at a production nursery. There is however a way for you to limit your risk in plant sourcing by purchasing your plant stock from a nursery accredited through NIASA, part of the Nursery Production Farm Management System (FMS).

In operation for a quarter century, NIASA is independently audited by professionals, which means that you can be assured that accredited businesses are meeting the best standards in the industry.

Purchasing your plant stock from a NIASA accredited production nursery is a clear sign that you are limiting your biosecurity risk and responsibly souring your plant stock. For more information on the Nursery Production FMS and a list of accredited businesses visit the program website at www.nurseryproductionfms.com.au



National General Assembly of Local Government Future Focused

16-19 June 2019

The largest, most influential local government conference in Australia occurs just once a year.

The Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly, held in Canberra, attracts over 870 representatives from councils across the states and territories.

The theme for the 2019 Conference is Future Focused. This assembly will consider what Councils can do today to get ready for the challenges, opportunities and changes that lie ahead.

NGA 19 registration is open! Also, take the opportunity to register for the National Regional Forum to engage in the most up to date and contemporary issues facing Australia’s regions. This forum addresses all regions, including metro.