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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]