Big GDP hit for councils | Road safety setback | WA embraces percent for art | ALGA News 8 May 2020

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Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Local Government Minister Mark Coulton’s presence at today’s video-linked ALGA board forum emphasised what is shaping as a watershed moment for Australia. Amid moves to restart the economy – a process in which local government’s role will be pivotal – the Deputy Prime Minister emphasised the importance of improving+

Councils facing big GDP hit from bushfires and Covid-19

Local Government Areas hit by the 2019-20 bushfires and Covid-19 restrictions may experience GDP declines of up to 23 per cent, a new report suggests. SGS Economics and Planning said one of hardest hit of all bushfire-affected LGAs is East Gippsland where GDP for 2019-20 is set to decline by $1.466 billion (or 22.6 per+

National Cabinet starts ball rolling on reactivating sports

The National Cabinet has endorsed principles paving the way for the staged resumption of sport and recreational activities after coronavirus restrictions are eased. The “National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities” were developed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)  and are intended to guide the staged return of outdoor activities+

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NSW councils to be given room to move on rates cap

NSW councils will get greater flexibility to increase rates to enable them to address financial hardships caused by drought, bushfires and the Covid-19 pandemic. Under a proposed amendment to the Local Government Act to go before Parliament next week, councils which have not previously raised annual rates by the maximum allowable percentage under the annual+

National road strategy to miss major milestone

Efforts to reduce Australia’s road toll appear to have stalled, with 1154 lives lost on the nation’s roads in the 12 months to March. This was an improvement of only seven on the 1161 fatalities recorded in the 12 months to March 2019, according to a new Australian Automobile Association report benchmarking the performance of+

Coulton enlists mayors’ help to promote Covid-19 app

Federal Local Government Minister Mark Coulton has written to council mayors to encourage their communities to download the new COVIDSafe phone application. The COVIDSafe app is key part of the Commonwealth’s efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, and to ease restrictions whilst keeping Australians safe. In his letter, Mr Coulton said the more Australians+

Round 7 grants for remote airstrip upgrades announced

Local Councils in NSW, Queensland, WA, and SA have been granted a share of $9 million in Commonwealth funding to upgrade remote airstrips. Eligible projects in Round 7 of  the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program included runway surface upgrades, stormwater drainage, runway lighting and animal-proof fencing. In other funding news, two community projects in the McKinlay+

Perth councils embrace ‘Percent for Art’ policies

Two decades ago, Perth councils began adopting “developer percent for art” policies, and now nearly 75 per cent of the city’s LGAs have one. That’s according to RobertsDay, an urban planning and design firm which recently published a report based around a survey of councils to find out how developer-funded public art is faring in+

Why good specs matter when the rubber hits the road

With ready access to local recycling collections, local governments are leaders in incorporating recycled materials into their roads. This year, for example, six Adelaide councils – with funding from Tyre Stewardship Australia – are testing the properties of crumb rubber in asphalt. This initiative will improve understanding of crumb rubber performance under Australian conditions and+