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  • • Assistance will make real difference to communities• Councils can commence projects that will create local jobs & support local businesses• Flexibility needed because individual circumstances differ The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the Commonwealth’s new drought assistance measures, saying they will be of real benefit to drought-affected councils and communities. The latest+

  • 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.+

  • The Japan Local Government Centre/CLAIR Sydney will again exhibit at the National General Assembly to showcase best practices used by Australian and Japanese local governments, and foster collaborations and ties between local governments in the two countries. CLAIR Sydney is part of the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) a semi-government organisation created+

  • The Tasmania Government has announced a container refund scheme will begin operating in the island state by 2022. Most Australian jurisdictions now operate a container refund or container deposit scheme, where containers are left at designated locations or via reverse vending machines. “The scheme will encourage positive, incentivised recycling and re-use behaviours, that will help+

  • Australia’s past use of asbestos has left us with a harmful legacy. Many public and commercial buildings, homes and infrastructure contain large amounts of ageing asbestos-containing materials. Vigilance and proactive action is needed to deal with this legacy to prevent further disease and death. Local governments across Australia are on the front line in dealing+

  • Submissions have opened for a review of easy access to suitable routes under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). The National Transport Commission on 13 June released an issues paper which summarises current access arrangements under the national law, and in WA and the NT, analyses those arrangements outside the law, and seeks preliminary views+

  • The 2019-20 Queensland Budget features a $12.9 billion capital works program and a goal to create more than 25,000 jobs in regional areas outside of Greater Brisbane. It includes $5.65 billion on transport including the Cross River Rail, widening the M1 motorway, and upgrading the Bruce Highway. “The Government also remains committed to rebuilding regional+

  • Twenty one people have been recognized for their service to local government in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday honours list. They were among 1,214 recipients congratulated by Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove. “They have made an enormous contribution to their local communities and to the entire nation and deserve our thanks, admiration and to be celebrated.+

  • The Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, the new Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Mark Coulton MP, and the new Shadow Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Jason Clare MP will all be joining us at the largest gathering of local government delegates in Australia in Canberra+

  • The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) has released a series of short briefs about the latest changes in street lighting systems for councils, road authorities and other decision-makers. The first five topics in the plain English briefings series cover: • Using new energy performance metrics to effectively measure public lighting energy efficiency •+

  • The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is hosting a networking session with the winners of the 2019 National Awards for Local Government at the upcoming National General Assembly. Representatives from winning councils will be on hand to share their experiences in an informal setting during the lunch break on Monday 17 June.+

  • The Heart Foundation is offering $80,000 in grants and has revised its blueprint for policymakers and planners as part of its efforts to get Australians to move more and lessen their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The eight grants of up to $10,000 each – applications for which close 31 July –+

  • An independent evaluation of Our Watch, an initiative to stop violence against women and children and change cultures and behaviours nationally, has found it’s making a real difference five years since it was formed. The group, which was started in 2013, works with parties including policymakers, educators and sporting organisations, seeks to stop violence before+

  • Five councils from across the country have received top honours at the 2019 Smart Cities Awards that recognise how cities are using technology to become better places in which to live. The awards capped a two-day gathering in March that brought together officials from councils, buildings, roads, transport and utilities industries to share what they’re+

  • Local councils, community groups, and individuals must keep working together for the renewal of Australia’s regions, says the head of a charity that has helped more than 9,000 applicants receive a combined $85m in funding. Natalie Egleton, CEO of the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) will share that message in her keynote at+

  • Last week on your behalf I welcomed the Morrison Ministry, particularly those ministers and assistant ministers in portfolios encompassing local government, road safety and freight, regional tourism, and waste reduction. This week it was the Opposition’s turn, now led by new Leader Anthony Albanese, to whom I have also written to extend the best wishes+

  • • 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+