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President's Update - 20 May 2024

2024-25 Federal Budget update – Wins and more to do! In response to ALGA’s advocacy, Australian councils will receive an additional $330 million in federal funding in 2024-25, including a $150 million increase in the Roads to Recovery program, as a result of the recent Federal Budget. However, the Government has not delivered on their+

Councils left out in the cold on Budget night

The Albanese Government has broken its pre-election promise to provide “fair increases” to Financial Assistance Grants to Australia’s 537 councils in tonight’s 2024-25 Federal Budget. ALGA President Councillor Linda Scott said these untied federal grants are vital to supporting local government to deliver more affordable housing, and cost-of-living relief through access to free and low-cost+

New resources for 3G network shutdown

Local governments can access new information and resources about Australia’s upcoming 3G mobile phone network shutdown this year. Telstra is planning to switch off its 3G network from 31 August 2024, and Optus from 1 September 2024. TPG Telecom/Vodafone has already switched off its 3G network in Australia. To ensure communities are fully prepared for+


Policy Updates

Submission to National Adaptation Plan Issues Paper

ALGA has provided a submission to the Federal Government’s National Adaptation Plan Issues Paper. The submission makes a number of recommendations from the local government sector focusing on key role councils can play in adaptation for assets and services in local communities. ALGA highlighted that climate change has the potential to damage local government assets,+

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Submission to COVID-19 response

ALGA provided a submission to the Federal Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was lodged in December 2023. The detailed submission highlighted that as the closest level of government to the community, local government was in a unique position to identify community needs and make sure that those needs were met in the most+

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