• 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+

  • The federal government should not shy away from borrowing for public infrastructure investment, particularly while interest rates are low and Australia’s economic credibility remains competitively high, argue a group of influential peak bodies. The Australian Local Government Association, Planning Institute of Australia, National Growth Areas Alliance, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Australian Logistics Council,+

  • The peak national body representing councils Australia-wide has welcomed the recent Federal announcement of local government grants to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, which will be commemorated during National Reconciliation Week. The grants of $5,000 to local councils will be used to work in partnership with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait+

  • Local councils have called on the Federal Treasurer the Hon Scott Morrison MP to deliver on the Commonwealth’s promise to restore the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) payments in the 2017-18 Federal budget. According to a pre-budget submission from local government peak body the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the Australian Government estimated that+