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Have the major political parties lost touch with what's important at the local community level?

According to the results of a poll commissioned by ALGA, Australians certainly think so - 81% agreed that political candidates should focus on local issues and local communities at the next federal election.

In a bid to refocus the major parties back to what's important for local communities, ALGA has this week launched its federal election document

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Australians agree, federal election focus should be local

Findings of a poll published in ALGA's federal election document launched yesterday have revealed that 81% of Australians agree that political candidates should focus on local issues and local communities at the next federal election.

Under the theme 'all politics is local', the election document outlines 12 ways political parties and their candidates can keep the election local and deliver for Australian communities.

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Government welcomes independent road safety inquiry

The Australian Government initiated an inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 (NRSS) in 2017. On 12 September 2018 the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 (NRSS) Inquiry panel provided its report to the Australian Government at Parliament House.

The inquiry focused on the current system's safety, while recognising that modal shifts in transport, urban planning, technology, data, users, usage and cultural factors can and will be important.

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What is #PartOfYourEveryday?

Following the success of Local Government Twitter Day, state and territory local government associations and ALGA decided to expand it to National Local Government Social Media Week 2018.

The aim of the National Local Government Social Media Week is to showcase the diverse range of council services with your social media communities and increase awareness of what local government does.

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Call to nominate mobile black spots

The Federal Government is calling on mobile black spot nominations from local, territory and state governments, as well as Federal Members of Parliament, to identify locations

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Joint ALGA-MAV response to Australia's Obesity Epidemic

The MAV joined ALGA to represent councils at the Melbourne hearing of the Senate Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia.

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Australian cities produce $127 billion at night

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) has completed the 2016 and 2017 research measuring the Australian night time economy. Now in its eighth year of growth

2018 PLA National Award Finalists for Park of the Year

The PLA Awards of Excellence recognise the best of the best of the parks and leisure industry across 12 categories. Finalists proceed to the national round by winning

Do you have a bright idea to get Australians moving?

Who needs to get moving? The answer is, all of us! Physical inactivity remains a huge problem in Australia with 50% of adult Australians and only 1 in 5 children

Advancing sustainable purchasing in Australian local governments

As part of the PLUS Alliance composed of UNSW, Arizona State University (ASU), and King's College London (KCL), a research team at the UNSW

Sensible water use and protecting your greenspaces

Local governments across the country have embraced the greenlife revolution in an effort to achieve a 20% increase in urban greenlife by 2020. Greenlife supports local government by contributing to

Upcoming education session for council engineers

In an Australian first, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is holding a dedicated heavy vehicle access seminar for council engineers in late October to improve their understanding

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Call to nominate mobile black spots

The Federal Government is calling on mobile black spot nominations from local, territory and state governments, as well as Federal Members of Parliament, to identify locations

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Joint ALGA-MAV response to Australia's Obesity Epidemic

The MAV joined ALGA to represent councils at the Melbourne hearing of the Senate Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia.

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Australian cities produce $127 billion at night

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) has completed the 2016 and 2017 research measuring the Australian night time economy. Now in its eighth year of growth

2018 PLA National Award Finalists for Park of the Year

The PLA Awards of Excellence recognise the best of the best of the parks and leisure industry across 12 categories. Finalists proceed to the national round by winning

Do you have a bright idea to get Australians moving?

Who needs to get moving? The answer is, all of us! Physical inactivity remains a huge problem in Australia with 50% of adult Australians and only 1 in 5 children

Advancing sustainable purchasing in Australian local governments

As part of the PLUS Alliance composed of UNSW, Arizona State University (ASU), and King's College London (KCL), a research team at the UNSW

Sensible water use and protecting your greenspaces

Local governments across the country have embraced the greenlife revolution in an effort to achieve a 20% increase in urban greenlife by 2020. Greenlife supports local government by contributing to

Upcoming education session for council engineers

In an Australian first, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is holding a dedicated heavy vehicle access seminar for council engineers in late October to improve their understanding

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Australian Regional Tourism Convention 2018

Invest in your professional development at the Australian Regional Tourism Convention (ARTC) 2018! This convention is a must-attend event for regional tourism professionals. It provides a platform for delegates to exchange ideas, problem-solve shared challenges and discuss important issues facing our industry.

The 2018 ARTC theme is "pushing the boundaries".

1. How and why should local councils engage in the visitor economy? How can we measure our return on investment?

2. Optimise your Visitor Information Centre to meet consumer and industry needs. Plus, launching the "VIC: A National Way Forward": how will it impact the provision of visitor services in your region?

3. Discuss two contrasting ends of the destination management spectrum: digital marketing strategies and product development strategies. With fewer Destination Management Plans being commissioned, how should we focus our strategies right now?

… and much more!

Download the convention program.

Register now!

ANTI-POVERTY WEEK 2018

The aim of Anti-Poverty Week is to:

  • Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
  • Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

Everyone is encouraged to help reduce poverty and hardship by organising an activity during the Week. Please tell us about your activity so we can demonstrate how many people in Australia care about this issue!

 

Visit the Anti-Poverty Week website for more information on how to get started.

National Local Roads and Transport Congress

20-22 November 2018
Alice Springs, NT

The Australian Local Government Association's National Local Roads and Transport Congress is only a few months away! This year we are lucky enough to hold the Congress in Alice Springs.

The theme for the 2018 Congress is Connecting Transport Networks Now and into the Future.  The key benefit of improved transport connectivity is its transformational effects - making cities and regions more accessible, more liveable and creating opportunities for economic development that could not otherwise exist.

Registration is open with limited spots left for the popular networking dinner at the Outback Quarry!

Register before 12 October to get the early bird rate.