New lifeline for councils | Weighing up Tassie reform options | Projects in the fast lane | ALGA News 1 May 2020

President's column

I wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison last Thursday urging him to consider a local government stimulus measure in the form of a one-off grant equivalent to two quarters of the annual $2.6 billion Financial Assistance Grant funding stream. ALGA’s approach was motivated by the undeniable fact that local communities around Australia are hurting and+

Support for NSW council jobs in $395m stimulus package

The NSW Government has announced a $395 million economic stimulus package to maintain essential local services and infrastructure and keep people in council jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic. The centrepiece of the support package is an allocation of $112.5 million from the state government’s “Jobs for NSW” fund to support a Council Job Retention Allowance+

Regional councils ruled out in Tasmanian reform proposals

A new Tasmanian Local Government Act has moved a step closer after the State Government released the results of two years of consultation with councils and other stakeholders last week. Local Government Minister Mark Shelton said feedback indicated three of the 51 reform proposals for the legislative framework review were strongly opposed “and accordingly will+

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ALGA calls for more investment in disaster mitigation

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has reiterated its call for establishing a targeted natural disaster mitigation program with funding of $200 million annually for four years. In a 3000-word submission to the National Natural Disaster Royal Commission, ALGA said local governments had welcomed the Commonwealth’s decision to establish a Commonwealth Emergency Response Fund in+

Qld freight corridor improvements brought forward

An early start will be made to 22 Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) projects under a joint Commonwealth/Queensland State Government agreement announced this week. Key regional routes targeted for works include the Flinders Highway, Kennedy Developmental Road (Hann Highway), Carnarvon Highway, Dawson Highway and Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure – Tambo), Gulf Developmental Road, Gregory Highway+

NSW Govt accelerates DA assessment process

Criteria to progress projects through a fast-tracked assessment process have been released by the NSW Government, along with details of the first tranche of accelerated assessments.  The criteria form part of the state government’s Planning System Acceleration Program to keep the economy moving, and were formulated by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)+

Federal funding to fix 33 accident black spots in WA

Western Australian Local Government Authorities will receive $15.4 million in Black Spot Program funding over the next 12 months to fix 33 dangerous crash sites across the state. Locations being funded under the program’s 2020-21 funding round have seen a total of three fatal and 124 crashes causing injuries over the past five years.  For+

City of Melbourne stages first virtual citizenship ceremony

The City of Melbourne Council has become the first Local Government Authority to conduct a virtual citizenship ceremony, with seven people becoming new Australians last week via video link. With councils unable to stage citizenship formalities in the usual way because of Covid-19 restrictions, the Department of Home Affairs started trialling video link ceremonies in+

Tardy councils urged to switch to myGovID and RAM

The Federal Government replaced its AUSkey and Manage ABN connections to online services with myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) last month. However, some councils have not yet to begin using myGovID and RAM, limiting their ability to access services such as the Australian Taxation Office’s Business Portal. The ATO is recommending these councils make+

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