Climate change, planning, and zero carbon strategies unveiled | ALGA News 20 September 2019
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+
Closing the Gap survey
The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations are encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their organisations, and networks to have their say on efforts to Close the Gap. People can complete a survey available here by 25 October, and also read a discussion booklet and story. There’s also a chance for+
New Australian Citizenship Ceremony code
Local councils must now hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day, 26 January, unless they conferred citizenship on fewer than 20 people in the previous year, the Australian Government has said. Councils are also required to introduce a dress standard for people attending citizenship ceremonies, and must give their local office of the Department of Home+
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+
NIASA Limiting your plant sourcing risk
It can be hard to be across all the risks which are possible when souring plants, likewise it’s hard to see what happens behind the scenes at a nursery. There is however a way for you to limit your risk in plant sourcing by purchasing your plant stock from a nursery accredited through NIASA, part of the Nursery Production Farm Management System (FMS).
In operation for a quarter century, NIASA is independently audited by professionals, which means that you can be assured that accredited businesses are meeting the best standards in the industry.
Purchasing your plant stock from a NIASA accredited production nursery is a clear sign that you are limiting your biosecurity risk and responsibly souring your plant stock. For more information on the Nursery Production FMS and a list of accredited businesses visit the program website at www.nurseryproductionfms.com.au
Seniors want to connect
Meaningful Ageing Australia’s community survey has already had over 1,000 participants.
Early results are showing that older people want to be asked more about what matters them, and highly value being with people who care.
The results also show that many people are concerned about knowing how to find a good service provider.
Make sure your seniors teams are aware of our See me. Know me. resources.
Download or order copies now of our posters, postcards, conversation starters, purpose thought-starters and our questions for aged care.
Keep any eye out for the sample Sharing Kit that is being sent to your council!
Women in Local Government Masterclass | December 2019 | Build your leadership legacy
Facilitated by industry expert Ruth McGowan OAM, the Women in Local Government Leadership Masterclass will assist women leaders to build their legacy.
Gain advanced skills and knowledge to enable you to grow and make greater contributions your organisation’s performance, benefiting communities today and tomorrow.
- Understand how politicians think & learn how this impacts project delivery
- Unlock the power of diversity through building inclusive teams
- Learn how to communicate effectively as a local government leader
- Unpack the skills of positive organisational politics in a politically-driven organisation
- Feel confident to grow your professional profile through building a stronger network
Download the brochure: http://bit.ly/2LrHdg0
Masterclass Facilitator: Ruth McGowan OAM has more than 25 years’ experience managing teams and projects for both state and local governments, and is a former Victorian Mayor and Councillor.
Event discount: Save $100 using discount code CC*ALGA
2019 Australasian Property Tax Summit Funding Futures for Local Government Conference November 14-15, 2019
Angliss Conference Centre, Melbourne
Property taxes, a vital source of government revenues, are often portrayed as an excessive impost of households and business. The demand for community services and infrastructure continues to grow and local government’s role is expanding. How can local councils optimize their existing revenue base? Does the system of property taxation need to change? What are possible options for the future and what can we learn?
The International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) presents a two-day conference featuring leading experts from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Britain.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Local government mayors, councillors, chief executives and managers; state, territory, federal government officials; representatives of business and community organisations; academic researchers and other individuals with an interest in tax policy and options for future funding of public services and infrastructure.