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  • The Cities Division of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is running a survey to get responses from people in local government who are interested in smart technologies. The questionnaire takes about 25 minutes to complete and is aimed at elected officials such as councillors and mayors, project officers, CEOs and CIOs. […]

  • The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is retiring its Can I fly there? app and urges people download an approved one made by Google spinoff, Wing Aviation. CASA will also allow industry and app developers to create their own apps within guidelines set by the authority. The authority’s other goals include an upgrade site that […]

  • The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors will in the next few months host a national summit on homelessness and housing affordability as they renew their efforts for an Australia-wide strategy to address the problem. Their decision follows a meeting this week in Brisbane between the lord mayors and Assistant Housing Minister Luke Howarth. “We […]

  • The Regional Australia Institute has released a new paper aimed at helping regional communities to attract and retain migrants from Australia’s cities or overseas, new arrivals on skilled working visas, or humanitarian grounds. Steps to Settlement Success: A Toolkit for Rural and Regional Communities is based on interviews with community champions of regional settlement in […]

  • A global effort to restore forests by planting about 500 billion trees could both remove carbon from the atmosphere and mitigate climate change, according to a new study. The study modelled mass planting on land that was not already used for farming, forests or urban areas and found it could increase earth’s forested area by […]

  • A new study has reviewed what five local councils around the country are doing to prevent domestic and family violence, and offers suggestions for councils and others who are working to address the national problem. Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) reviewed the Local Government domestic and family violence prevention toolkit, which was […]

  • A Queensland council’s program for children who have special needs such as low-sensory environments, that began in its libraries and has now expanded to art galleries and museums, has received the National Award for Local Government Disability Access and Inclusion category. The Backstage Pass program, operated after hours by Moreton Bay Regional Council and partner […]

  • A new Centre for Population has been created within the Commonwealth Department of Treasury to help all levels of government better understand population changes in cities, towns, regions, states and territories. The Centre was established on 1 July with a budget of $23.4 million to provide detailed advice and analysis on numerous population topics. It […]

  • 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 […]

  • Is there someone in your local government area you think deserves to be recognized for making their community a better place? If so, why not nominate them for the Australian of the Year Awards before 31 July? The awards are turning 60 in 2020, and organisers from the National Australia Day Council plan to celebrate […]