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  • The core driver of Australia’s long-term economic growth will be innovation and struggling rural and remote regions are being left behind, according to a report launched at the Regional Cooperation and Development Forum in Canberra today. State of the Regions 2018-19: Trade, Jobs, Growth and Inequality, the 21st edition of the report prepared by National […]

  • The Turnbull Government’s 2018/19 Federal Budget has left local government funding untouched with funding in key programs such as Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) and Roads to Recovery (R2R) to continue at current levels. The Federal Budget also delivered a continuation of the Bridges Renewal Program, the Black Spot Program, the Building Better Regions Fund and […]

  • The Opposition’s call today to end the freeze to the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) addresses the challenges being faced by local councils as a result of the Government-imposed freeze and demonstrates that council funding must be a focus in the forthcoming budget. According to the peak national body for local government, the Australian […]

  • The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) welcomes Queensland MP John McVeigh’s inclusion in Federal Cabinet as the new Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government. His appointment – and that of Barnaby Joyce as the new Minister for Infrastructure and Transport – will ensure these crucially important portfolio areas continue to deliver results for […]

  • The Australian Local Government Association welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of new reforms intended to improve the focus and operation of Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees. The measures announced by Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash on Friday include a minor reduction in the number of committees, the establishment of new performance measures to enable improved […]

  • Local councils, their residents and local government stakeholders have lit up Twitter today to showcase the important and diverse work of local government across Australia using the hashtag #YourRatesAtWork. This is the second consecutive year that the local government sector has held a National Local Government Twitter Day, with last year’s event attracting more than […]

  • The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the peak body representing more than 530 councils across the country, has renewed its call for a Commonwealth-funded program to bring community infrastructure back up to scratch and promote economic development opportunities. ALGA has proposed that a Local Government Community Infrastructure Program of $300 million per annum for four […]

  • Local government delegates have heard about current challenges and opportunities of using smart city innovations to shape their communities for the future at the 23rd National General Assembly of Local Government held in Canberra today. The Australian Local Government Association President, Mayor David O’Loughlin, said councils are well-placed to create more prosperous and innovative communities. […]

  • The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) now stand together to protect household recycling. At the May 15 NWRIC meeting in Sydney, ALGA President David O’Loughlin met with industry leaders to discuss a solution to the recent import restrictions on recycled materials sent to China. Commonly called […]

  • Councils have applauded the Australian Government’s announcement in today’s budget to restore indexation to Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) from 1 July 2017 as promised following a tough three-year freeze. According to the Government’s own estimates, its 2014 budget move to freeze indexation to FAGs cost local communities more than $600 million worth of services and […]