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  • Many Australian local councils could have foreseen the strategic risk involved in exporting recycling waste to China, the founder of Paladin Risk Management says. Rod Farrar, whose company is a sponsor of the 2019 National General Assembly, says there are differences between strategic and operational risks. Strategic risks are those external to council, that if […]

  • The Tasmanian Government’s 2019-20 Budget features $1.6 billion worth of infrastructure projects including $294 million for the new Bridgewater Bridge, $180m on water and sewage infrastructure, and upgrades to a major west coast tourism railway. Some $170m has been allocated for the third tranche of Tasmanian Irrigation’s project, more than $165m for state road upgrades, […]

  • The Human Rights Commission’s annual Human Rights Awards have opened for entries across nine categories. These include the Community Organisation Award, Government Award, Racism It Stops with Me Award, Human Rights Medal, and Young People’s Human Rights Medal. “We encourage anyone to nominate individuals and organisations who inspire you with their commitment to advancing human […]

  • Congratulations to William ‘Buddy’ Darmody who has retired after 50 years as a Council Officer with Manningham Council. “I am grateful for the opportunities Manningham Council has given me over all these years,” he said, and added he was sad to leave. Buddy started with the council, then called the City of Doncaster and Templestowe, […]

  • Local councils are invited to make submissions on version 2 of the draft PFAS National Environmental Management Plan before the end of the month. Version two of the plan includes updates on the soil criteria used in the first version, new guidance on the reuse of soil, and initial guidance on managing PFAS in wastewater, […]

  • Local councils, main roads agencies and utilities providers thinking about large-scale upgrades of their street lighting and smart control systems can now use a new free guide to help their decision-making. The Model Business Case was created by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia’s Street Lighting and Smart Control Programme and is supported by […]

  • Local councils have numerous activities planned around Australia, such as lectures, expos and cultural performances to mark National Reconciliation Week, which runs 27 May to 3 June. The dates commemorate the 1967 Referendum and the High Court’s 1992 Mabo decision, while the week is a chance to learn about shared histories and how Australians can […]

  • ALGA has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on behalf of the sector congratulating him on his election win, thanking him for the increase in Roads to Recovery funding and reminding him of the importance of the Financial Assistance Grants to local governments for unlocking our communities potential. At this stage the new Local Government […]

  • The ACT Legislative Assembly on 16 May became the first Australian jurisdiction to pass a motion declaring the country was in “a state of climate emergency that requires urgent actions across all levels of Government.” The motion, proposed by Greens MLA and ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury, also called on the […]

  • The City of Melbourne’s Draft Transport Strategy 2030 sets goals of becoming Australia’s bicycling capital, prioritising walking and public transport, and restricting private vehicle movements to lower the city’s emissions. Released for public comment in early May, the document also proposes widening many footpaths to reduce overcrowding, building more than 50km of protected bicycle lanes, […]