Climate change, planning, and zero carbon strategies unveiled | ALGA News 20 September 2019

President's column

This week I want to give thanks to the many councils and communities across Australia who have rallied in difficult circumstances in the face of weather extremes. The continuing drought across much of the eastern seaboard has been compounded by dozens of bush fires across northern NSW and southern Queensland during the first few weeks+

Climate change, planning, and zero carbon strategies unveiled

With the Australian Capital Territory set to be powered by 100 percent renewables by 2020, the ACT Government has released a new Climate Change strategy that includes efficient buildings, reducing waste generation, and incorporating climate resilience into development applications and planning policies. The Climate Change strategy complements the government’s 2018 strategies for planning, housing, and+

SA Councils’ recyclables project; ABS updates waste data

Small steps to tackle and better understand Australia’s waste and recycling challenges this week include a new purchasing agreement between South Australian councils, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ expansion of waste collection data. The Local Government Association of South Australia announced it will lead a circular procurement pilot project in which nine councils have+

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New Australian Citizenship Ceremony code

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Preparing for Census 2021

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a plan for how it will conduct the 2021 Census, which it says will be mostly digital, rather than traditional paper forms. Planning for the 2021 Census outlines how the ABS will make it easy to participate, and also protect personal information. “The 2021 Census will continue the ABS+

Parliament’s 5G inquiry

A House of Representatives parliamentary committee will inquire into the rollout, adoption and application of 5G mobile technology. Its terms of reference are to first, investigate the capability, capacity and deployment of 5G, and second, understand the application of 5G, including use cases for enterprise and government. “5G is expected to be significantly faster than+