QPRC’s winning road safety project | NBN Co to work with councils | New BBRF money | ALGA News 2 October 2020

President's column

Great news! The Federal Government has ticked a lot of ALGA’s calls for partnership funding this week, building on the well-received $500 million stimulus fund already rolling out around the nation’s councils. More specifically, our calls for targeted road funding to eliminate more safety and freight productivity black spots, to replace or upgrade substandard bridges,+

NBN Co to work with councils on regional broadband upgrades

The NBN Co will invest $300 million to boost connectivity for regional communities as part of its national broadband network upgrade. The $300 million co-investment fund will see NBN Co partner with governments to provide regional households, businesses and communities with enhanced broadband technologies and help meet the diverse and growing needs of Australians living+

LGs get lion’s share of $290m in bridges, heavy vehicle funding

Local councils have secured nearly 80 percent of grants awarded under Round Five of the Bridges Renewal Program and Round Seven of Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program. In all, proponents of about 350 projects have been awarded a share of $290 million in funding to improve the productivity and safety of bridges and heavy+

Hero of 2018 Thai cave rescue coming to ALGA’s Roads Congress

The Adelaide cave-diver who won national and international renown for helping rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand will be speaking at ALGA’s Special Local Roads and Transport Congress on 16-17 November. Dr Richard “Harry” Harris will relate to delegates how he dived through long and dark tunnels to+

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Qbn-Palerang council’s safe systems speed project ‘a winner’

An innovative local roads safety program has put the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) in contention for the 2020 National Award for Local Government. QPRC, in NSW’s Southern Tablelands, won the 2020 Excellence in Road Safety Award for its embrace of a data-led approach to improving driver behaviour. With speed involved in almost 31 percent of+

LGs to help coordinate funding for 10 regions hit by Covid, fires

Ten regions impacted by bushfire, Covid-19 and drought will share $100 million in Commonwealth funding over two years to support recovery and growth. The money will flow to the “priority investment regions” in the form of investments coordinated with local and state governments. The regions to be supported under the new Regional Recovery Partnerships program+

Cth unveils tourism recovery support package for regions

The Federal Government will open a new $200 million Building Better Regions funding round as part of a new regional tourism support package. A further $50 million is to be invested in a Regional Tourism Recovery fund to assist businesses in regions reliant on international tourism. Nine tourism regions will be eligible for funding, including+

BCRRF grants announced for 32 fire-affected NSW councils

Thirty-two NSW councils have successfully applied for Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF) Stream 1 grants and will be contacted soon about their payments. Announcing the $100,000 or $250,000 payments this week, Federal Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud underlined the importance of locally led recovery. “It’s through the work and ideas+

Regional flight route subsidies extended until 31 March

Commonwealth support for capital city and regional airline networks is being extended to early next as part of the 2020-21 Federal Budget. The Regional Airline Network Support (RANS) program, which has helped maintain essential air services for regional and remote communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, is being extended until 28 March 2021. The Domestic Aviation+

How councils can help local communities tool up for extreme weather

Fire and floodwater emergency videos have been produced by the ABC as part of a new series exploring extreme weather in Australia. The three-part documentary entitled Big Weather and how to survive it will also explore “practical, life-saving ways communities can empower themselves to prepare, survive and recover”. To that end, the broadcaster is producing+

$34m in infrastructure upgrades planned for heritage sites

Infrastructure upgrades worth $33.5 million will be carried out at 23 national and world heritage sites under a $61.7 million environment investment package announced this week. The package, which is being provided through the Federal Government’s $1 billion Covid-19 Relief and Recovery Fund, also includes $20 million for a “reef builder shellfish restoration program”, and+

New projects to expand crisis accommodation by 700 places

Forty new projects to provide emergency accommodation for people fleeing domestic violence have been announced by the Commonwealth. The projects to be funded under the $60 million Safe Places Emergency Accommodation fund will see new two- and three-bedroom homes built, office buildings transformed into self-contained apartments, and small group homes established. Applications for the Safe+

Local Government Medal for former ALGA Board member

Shire of East Pilbara President and former ALGA Board member Lynne Craigie has been bestowed with the WA Local Government Association’s highest honour. Ms Craigie, who is also a former WALGA President, was awarded the Local Government Medal for her “exceptional service in advancing the goals of WALGA and Local Government as well as the+

WA waste-derived materials framework open for public comment

The Western Australia Government has released a discussion paper to facilitate feedback on its proposed legislative framework for waste-derived materials. The proposed framework “will provide certainty about when waste-derived materials are no longer waste, meaning depositing them to land in quantities above licensing thresholds would not be considered ‘waste disposal’ and licensing and waste levy+