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ALGA News archive 2018
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20 April 2018
President's column
The issue of waste and recycling has reared its head again this week following the decision by Ipswich City Council to send the recycled materials it collects kerb-side to landfill. This decision came about during contractual negotiations with a new contractor whereby unsustainable cost burdens would have been put on council and its rate payers.
Not long left for NGA early bird registrations
Don't miss the early bird registration discount for this year's National General Assembly of Local Government (NGA), which will be held from 17 to 20 June in Canberra. Early bird registrations are set to close on 4 May 2018.
Queensland govt working with councils on waste
The Queensland Government has announced that it will work with councils and industry on a zero-waste future. Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the time to act was now, given the unprecedented decision of the Ipswich City Council to start dumping recycling in landfill
13 April 2018
President's column
The opportunities and pressing need for constitutional change, and in particular local government's efforts towards constitutional recognition, have been top of mind this week as the Federal Government continues to consider whether amendments are needed to section 44 of the constitution in light of the double citizenship saga last year.
Opportunity to include your projects in ALGA's Community Infrastructure Ideas Register
Does your council have a list of potential community infrastructure projects that need funding? In the next Federal election, ALGA will be advocating for the establishment of a Community Infrastructure Program with funding of $300 million per annum for four years.
Regional Growth Fund applications close in two weeks
Councils have just two weeks left to apply for a portion of the Federal Government's $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund. On 2 March 2018 the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, announced the opening for initial applications to the fund.
06 April 2018
President's column
It's budget season in Canberra and now is the time make our shared budget aspirations known to our Federal representatives. ALGA has put together a Federal Budget Submission with recommendations that are designed to benefit every community by improving local services and infrastructure, promoting fairness and boosting local, regional and national productivity.
Annual progress report of Australia's first City Deal
According to its first annual progress report, the Townsville City Deal is already creating more local jobs and attracting additional investment to Townsville. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said progress to date on Australia's first City Deal was a great example of collaboration between all levels of government and the local community.
Make the most of opportunities to use solar power
A project that will inform decisions about how urban planners and home owners can make the most of opportunities to use solar power has been launched by Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP.
30 March 2018
Focus on road safety
It is the time of year when governments turn their attention to road safety. Some adopt temporary measures designed to enforce road discipline, such as double demerit points. Many run awareness campaigns.
Building Big Australia
More than $55 billion of nation-shaping projects need to be developed in Australia over the next 15 years, according to Infrastructure Australia's updated Priority List.
President's column
Easter is a popular time for driving long distances to holiday destinations. We all long for a happy time, however our risk of being involved in an accident triples in the first 24 hours of the break.
23 March 2018
Putting the case on recycling
ALGA representatives appeared before a Senate Committee public hearing this week to put the association's views on waste and recycling.
Art museum on the way
Mayor Kim O Keeffe recently welcomed federal and state politicians to Shepparton for an update on the city's art museum project to be built at Victoria Park Lake.
President's column
The recycling issue continues to make headlines, with the Queensland Government this week moving towards the reintroduction of a waste levy.
16 March 2018
President's column
If housing affordability is related to demand, and demand is related to population growth, is it okay to ask if we have a population policy?
Call for action on recycling
The Federal Government should send a clear message that the challenge facing the recycling industry is a priority issue needing a national response, a Canberra meeting was told.
Pledge not to sledge
It's time for respect to go viral, the Mayor of Redland City Karen Williams believes. She is leading a social media campaign to bring civility back into public discourse.
09 March 2018
President's column
Unfortunately councils too often find themselves in the position of attempting to sort out problems created for them by the actions of State and Federal governments.
'Carrot and stick' call for councils
A new report by the Grattan Institute calls for the adoption of a carrot and stick approach to councils in the pursuit of housing supply and affordability.
News in brief
DESPITE widespread damage caused by recent flooding in north and western Queensland, locals have welcomed the rain after a long drought. Mount Isa City Council Mayor Joyce McCulloch said though council crews were kept busy with repairs on the weekend the weather was welcome. The rain had already filled Lake Julius and substantially boosted water levels at Lake Moondarra.
02 March 2018
President's column
The next two state elections, Tasmania this weekend and South Australia on St Patrick's Day, March 17, pose specific threats to local government.
Communications claim more space
The size of some telecommunications facilities will be allowed to increase, under changes announced by the Federal Government on Thursday.
Key points for councils in infrastructure report
The recently released report on cities from Infrastructure Australia contains some key recommendations which are of considerable interest to Local Government.
23 February 2018
Minister McVeigh meets ALGA Board
THE FINANCIAL stability of Local Government was a key aspect of talks this week between the ALGA Board and Federal Regional Development and Local Government Minister John McVeigh.
Victorian councils confront recycling realities
WARRNAMBOOL City Council says its ratepayers face hikes of between $40-50 next year as a result of the collapse in the global market for recyclable materials.
President's column
LIKE A SLOW-motion car crash, the unfolding crisis in the waste and recycling industry is looking worse by the minute for Local Government, particularly in Victoria.
16 February 2018
US study confirms mitigation's cost-effectiveness
EVERY dollar spent on increasing the resilience of existing buildings saves $6 in property losses, health costs, and business interruptions, new US research has found.
President's column
THE DEBATE around reducing indigenous disadvantage is usually so steeped in disappointment it's hard to see the upside, or to even consider how we in Local Government could play a key role.
09 February 2018
President's column
THIS WEEK's COAG meeting will be discussing a range of important issues, not the least of which is the child sexual abuse inquiry and the implications for Local Government.
Recyclables outlook continues to worsen
THE RIPPLES from China's waste import ban and the depressed recyclables market are continuing to spread, with further stockpiling of council collections a near inevitability.
NSW councils 'need to lift reporting standards'
LOCAL Government in NSW is not doing enough to demonstrate competent service delivery to its constituents, says the state's Auditor-General.
02 February 2018
Outlook for recyclables continues to worsen
THE RIPPLES from China's waste import ban and the depressed recyclables market are continuing to spread, with more stockpiling of kerbside collections an inevitability.
Toowoomba 'a model for decentralisation'
REGIONAL Development Minister John McVeigh says Toowoomba's emergence as a major regional centre is a strong advertisement for federal decentralisation.
President's column
THE PROSPECTS of achieving tangible social housing justice for remote Indigenous communities are at risk.
26 January 2018
Funding confirmed for Launceston City Deal
PRIME MINISTER Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed the Commonwealth will invest $130 million in the Launceston City Deal, and set in motion a deal for Hobart.
Trauma surgeon wants national black spot program scrapped
LEADING surgeon John Crozier says the 'flawed' national black spot program needs to be replaced by a more proactive road improvement strategy.
President's column
WHETHER you're enjoying the last of your summer holidays or you're already back at your desk, Happy New Year. It's shaping as an exciting and important time for Local Government.

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