Recycling, resettlement, resilience | ALGA News 28 February 2020

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President's column

This week Infrastructure Australia released its 2020 Infrastructure Priority List, and I’m pleased to say it reinforces the key themes ALGA has been advocating for on behalf of the sector. According to Infrastructure Australia, the list is designed to spark investment and coordinated action from industry and government. They listed the following national initiatives as+

VIC recycling reforms; NSW’s in doubt: LGNSW

While Victoria’s recycling system is set to change following an announcement this week by the Andrews State Government, Local Government New South Wales has warned that Australia’s most populous state risks having more of its waste sent to landfill. Recycling Victoria is a $300m, 10-year plan to create a circular economy through measures including a+

Booklet shows many ways councils welcome migrants

Case studies of the many ways metropolitan and regional councils from across Australia have successfully resettled new migrants will be launched at the 2020 Welcoming Cities Symposium in Canberra next month. The 18-19 March gathering at the National Gallery of Australia is an opportunity for all levels of government and civil society to come together+

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2020 Resilient Awards open

Local Governments are invited to apply for the 2020 Resilient Australia Awards, before entries close on 18 May. The awards recognise outstanding contributions in six categories: community, business, local government, government, school and photography. Sunshine Coast Council (QLD) won the 2019 prize for its Sunshine Coast Get Ready Schools Program which taught students about natural+

AUSkey ends 27 March – make the move

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is reminding councils that after Friday 27 March 2020, they will no longer be able to use AUSkey or Manage Australian Business Number (ABN) Connections to access the Australian Government’s online services. “We recommend you move to using myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) well ahead of this date to+

Councils’ feedback sought over flight paths

Airservices Australia wants to hear from local councils as it plans for the future of flight path design. As part of its national consultation process, it seeks feedback about flight path design principles – not views about specific flight paths. Design principles include safety elements, noise and community impact, environmental and operational factors. The agency+

BOM webinar on Autumn outlook

Councils are invited to join the Bureau of Meteorology’s next free webinar on Thursday 5 March which covers climate and water. Participants can ask climate experts questions about their outlook for Autumn to help their decision making for the months ahead. The webinar runs 12-1pm AEDT. Register now via