Emissions reduction; bushfire funding and regional tourism grants; cyber safety | ALGA News 14 February 2020

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President's column

Restore our funding to 1%, fix the infrastructure backlog, invest in recycling, improve community resilience and tackle climate change risks. These are a precise of the top five issues raised at this week’s ALGA strategic planning session in Canberra. It was also an opportunity for noting our successes over the past three years. These include+

New study assesses Local Governments’ emissions reduction goals

An assessment of how some of Australia’s largest local governments are cutting their emissions has found 58 percent have a target or aspiration to reach net zero by 2050 for their “operations emissions” – those activities or emissions sources owned or controlled by the local government. Thirty seven percent of those local governments have a+

More federal money for bushfire-hit councils

On 13 February, the Federal Government announced an additional $17m for the 60 Local Governments in bushfire-affected areas. The grants range from $200,000 to $416,667 and are in addition to the funds the Federal Government announced on 9 January for these 60 councils in NSW, VIC, SA and QLD. The Federal Government said all councils+

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Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants

Councils are encouraged to apply for their share of $10m in Federal Government grants when applications open on Monday 17 February. The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program has two funding streams. The first – aimed at local government authorities and regional tourism organisations – will support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire+

Keeping under 5s safe online

The Federal Government’s eSafety Commissioner has released a new guide for adults to help keep safe children under five when they’re using the internet. The free booklet was released during Safer Internet Day on 11 February, and more than 11,000 copies have been sent to every early childhood education and child care centre across Australia.+

Pet care & animal training under review

National industry organization, Skills Impact, seeks feedback from councils and the wider public about a review of training schemes for the pet care and animal training sector. Skills standards under review include animal regulation, general animal care, assistance animal services, and animal training & behavior. Skills Impact is holding consultations in-person throughout February, as well+

Austroads’ local roads webinars

Austroads invites councils to register and join two free webinars on local roads. On Monday 17 February, 1-2pm AEDT, the topic is the lifecycle management of Sealed and Unsealed Local Roads. “It will highlight the Austroads Guides and the AUS-SPEC national local government specification system which assist local government practitioners to design, construct and maintain+