CSIRO on a waste mission | Perth City Council: the fallout | New FOGO info | ALGA News 14 August 2020

President's column

If plastics were radioactive we would pay more attention to their half-lives. Even the CSIRO have set an ambitious new mission to “end plastic waste”. If only it wasn’t such a useful material! Plastic has transformed everyday life, being easy to manufacture, durable, strong for its weight, and resistant to shock, corrosion, chemicals, and water.+

Extra $1.7b from Cmlth to beef up cyber security defences

The Federal Government will invest $1.67 billion over 10 years to bolster government, community, and business defences against cyber-attacks. Federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says well-equipped and persistent state-sponsored actors are targeting critical infrastructure and stealing Australian intellectual property. In a foreword to the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 published last week, Mr Dutton+

Fallout from Perth City Council report likely to be felt across WA

A local government inspectorate to improve the capability and integrity of West Australian councils is probable after a long-running inquiry into the Perth City Council. The review was commissioned in April 2018 after a series of upheavals involving elected members and administrative staff culminated in the council’s suspension on 2 March 2018. The four-volume report+

Meet the Mayor – Adelaide Hills’ Jan-Claire Wisdom

Dr Jan-Claire Wisdom was born in Northern Europe and educated in Britain, where she lived until emigrating to Australia in 1991. She has a background in tertiary education and military service, and was first elected to the Adelaide Hills Council in 2010, becoming mayor in 2018. The council is home to 40,000 people in communities+

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Agreed national standards ‘would help smart cities strategies’

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New interactive database for pinpointing LGs with FOGO pickups

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New federal body to oversee national food waste strategy

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NSW Office of Local Government’s role widened under new code

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South-east Qld councils to share $50m state recovery package

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Junee Shire gets $1m in DCP funding to spruce up infrastructure

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