Bushfire recovery | Airports dodge a bullet | New WA loan options | ALGA News 15 May 2020

President's column

ALGA’s firm advocacy both behind the scenes and via the media has ensured bushfire-affected local governments have not been forgotten and will be able to access the Federal Government’s next tranche of money ($650 million) under its $2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund, with $448.5 million of this earmarked for the quick delivery of projects+

Bushfire recovery shifts to local infrastructure projects

The Federal Government has announced a $650 million support package to aid economic recovery after the 2019-20 bushfires, with $448.5 million earmarked for local projects. The package – the next tranche of the $2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund set up in January – will also see $149.7 million directed to projects to protect native+

Reprieve for councils on airport security screening costs

Rural and regional airport operators will be spared from paying for tougher security screening measures after Federal MPs intervened to change new cost-recovery arrangements. The Federal Government has proposed airports install body and baggage scanners, with the councils that manage the regional airports to pick up the annual operating bills. On Wednesday, Centre Alliance Senator+

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New short-term loan option for stressed WA councils

West Australian local governments facing coronavirus-related cash flow pressures will be able to access a new lending facility offering short-term loans. Announced by the State Government on 7 May, the facility will be available through the Western Australian Treasury Corporation (WATC). To be eligible, local governments will need to demonstrate the impact Covid-19 has had,+

LGA projects fast-tracked by SA Planning and Development Fund

South Australia’s expanded Planning and Development Fund has approved funding for 37 local community projects across 27 different local government areas. The State Government announced in March that it would the double the size of the annual fund to $50 million (which includes contributions from councils), to support local jobs. Some of the 37 projects+

APCO tackles confusion over compostable plastic waste

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Mayoral taskforce seeks backing for asylum-seeker initiative

The Local Government Mayoral Taskforce Supporting People Seeking Asylum wants councils to support its calls for welfare measures to be extended to people and families impacted by Covid-19. Many asylum-seekers have lost work and are facing destitution because they are ineligible for any kind of government income or health support. This has dramatically increased the+

Grants now open for Driver Reviver site upgrades

The Office of Road Safety is urging Driver Reviver site owners across the country to apply for a share of $3 million in grant funding to buy variable messaging signs. The signs (one per site) are to be used during peak holiday periods when Driver Reviver sites are operating. The grant opportunity closes on 29+

University of Queensland council survey is the cat’s whiskers

A University of Queensland research survey aimed at getting a clearer picture of the extent of local government action on cats has been extended. A better understanding of cat management strategies in place nationally – and issues and challenges arising – will provide valuable context for a more holistic approach to managing pet cats and+