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  • 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 […]

  • 17 June 2019 More than a dozen motions to urge Federal Government declare a climate emergency  Other motions to demand critical action on waste and mandate product stewardship  Largest annual gathering of Local Government leaders in Australia to meet in Canberra Waste management, recycling, and climate change are among the topics set to […]

  • 16 June 2019  Other motions for debate include water security, homelessness and health services  Nissan Leaf electric vehicles for delegates to test drive  Deputy Prime Minister and Local Government Minister to speak Urgent action on climate change, recycling, drought, and preparing for more electric vehicles are among the topics to be debated […]

  • 16 June 2019 A new study of the media in regional Australia has found fewer local journalists available to report on local government means communities are less informed, leading to public opinion being more easily manipulated by partisan interests, undermining social cohesion. It was conducted this year by the Public Interest Journalism Initiative, and forms […]

  • 16 June 2019 • Gross regional product exceeds national average in 12 regions • Report, 22nd in a series, to be released today in Canberra A better than expected economic performance may be underway in southern Western Australia and Tasmania, according to a report launched at the Regional Cooperation and Development Forum in Canberra today. […]

  • • Labor acknowledges financial sustainability challenges facing local governments• Opposition matches Government commitments on Roads to Recovery, Bridges funding• $260m promised for cycle paths can spur healthier local communities The President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Mayor David O’Loughlin, has welcomed the Australian Labor Party’s commitments under the Plan for Local Government issued […]

  • The Morrison Government’s 2019/20 Federal Budget makes good progress in addressing some of the infrastructure issues facing local councils but is a missed opportunity in delivering a fairer share of revenue back to our local communities according to the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Mayor David O’Loughlin. The Budget includes an increase […]

  • The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed yesterday’s release by the Prime Minister of the Government’s approach to planning for Australia’s future population, noting that the document is an important step towards a better way of managing the nation’s population growth but that there needs to be a matching commitment to funding local infrastructure. […]

  • The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is urging for continued national leadership from the Commonwealth to ensure consistent intergovernmental policy for waste management and resource recovery following endorsement of the new National Waste Policy (NWP) at the 8th Meeting of Environment Ministers in Canberra last Friday. ALGA President, Mayor David O’Loughlin, attended the meeting and […]

  • Ahead of an upcoming federal election, local councils have joined the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) to call for permanency of the Federal Bridges Renewal Program to help fix the roughly one in five local timber bridges that are in poor condition. The findings came out of the 2018 National State of the Assets: Roads […]