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  • 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 – […]