Local roads boost | FOGO collections | New resilience guide | ALGA News 22 May 2020

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President's column

This morning’s announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Local Government Minister Mark Coulton that local government will receive a $500 million economic stimulus package is tremendous news for councils, their elected officials and hard-working staff, and the communities they serve right around the country. The package recognises what we have been saying throughout+

$500m shot in the arm for local roads and infrastructure projects

A new $500 million federal government program will be established to allow councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across the nation. The Local Road and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program is one of two components of a $1.8 billion local government stimulus package announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. The+

Qld unveils $200m support program for local council jobs

Queensland communities will get new or upgraded pools, playgrounds, caravan parks and other facilities under a $200 million local government jobs support program announced this week. Water and sewerage infrastructure and waste management facilities are also in line for extra state government funding to help Queensland’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Announcing the Covid Works+

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Victorian govt urged to support councils on FOGO collections

Victorian councils should get state government support to increase food organics and garden organics (FOGO) kerbside collection services, a new report has recommended. Infrastructure Victoria (IV) says the state government should also “establish a minimum service standard for local government waste services to promote greater consistency in collections” and “require and support all local governments+

Land use planners get new guidance on building resilience

Nationally agreed principles for good practice in land use planning to build disaster-resilient communities have been laid out in a new handbook for local government planners. Compiled by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR), the handbook establishes community wellbeing and disaster resilience as the overarching aim of land use planning, and presents a procedural+

NSW councils put on notice over developer contributions

The NSW State Government has foreshadowed moves to have councils pool infrastructure funds drawn from developer contributions to invest in community infrastructure. NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes says the proposed legislative changes will “permit councils to pool funds across contribution plans, allowing them to bring forward planned projects where all the funds+

Federal Govt says cities and regional growth ‘under control’

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Victoria’s 2020 council elections to be decided by postal ballot

Victorian council elections will proceed as planned on 24 October after the State Government decided safety and security concerns warranted postal voting. It will be the first time that all Victorian councillors will be elected via postal ballots, though many municipalities have held postal votes for previous elections. The Municipal Association of Victoria had urged+

Council views sought on revising driverless car trials guide

The National Transport Commission is updating its Guidelines for trials of automated vehicles in Australia, developed with Austroads and first published in 2017. The guidelines support nationally consistent conditions for automated vehicle trials, and help road transport agencies manage trials in their own state and territory, among other things. Potential changes being canvassed including improving+

ATHA looks to boost tiny houses in local government areas

A guide to support approvals of tiny houses in local government areas has been published by the Australian Tiny House Association. The Local Planning Policy Template is intended for use by planning and building officers and is proposed to: identify the circumstances where a tiny house or tiny house community may be permitted; provide a+