LRCI program moves to phase 3 | Coastal protection costs put at $30b | How LGs can drain food swamps | ALGA News 29 November 2021

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WIN! Advocacy on Federal Assistance Grants Rewarded ALGA welcomes news last week that the Morrison Government has no plans in the short to medium term to review how Financial Assistance Grants are distributed by state/territory jurisdictions. We welcome the Federal Assistant Minister for Local Government, the Hon Kevin Hogan MP’s undertaking. The ALGA Board has+

‘State govts can help LGs drain Australia’s food swamps’

State governments should get behind local government efforts to create a healthy and sustainable food system in Australia, a new report says. Councils are already involved in food safety regulations as well as supporting sustainable local food production and reducing food waste, but could potentially do more to encourage the consumption of healthier foods as+

$30b needed to protect coastal communities: Insurance Council

Governments will need to invest $30 billion in large-scale coastal protection and adaptation over the next 50 years, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) says. A new report prepared for the ICA by Baird Australia says climate change is driving rising sea levels and exacerbating coastal hazards such as tidal inundation, coastal and estuarine inundation,+

ALGA’s NSoA 2021 report set for 9 December launch

The National State of the Assets Report 2021 will be launched on 9 December with the key findings to be discussed at an interactive webinar. Federal Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan will attend the launch, along with Infrastructure Australia CEO Romilly Madew, National Farmers Federation President Fiona Simson, and IPWEA President Myles Lind.+

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Guidelines for Phase 3 of LRCI program now up online

Phase 3 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program has begun, with guidelines for councils seeking project funding now online. A broad range of local road projects can be nominated under the $2.5 billion program, such as traffic signs, street lighting, bridges, tunnels, rest areas, or even road and sidewalk improvements. Community infrastructure+

Plastic recovery rates stuck in the slow lane, APCO warns

Some 2025 National Packaging Targets will not be achievable without interventions, a new report suggests. The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) says plastic remains a concern, with recovery rates showing no significant improvements over a three-year period. “Modelling predicts a recovery rate of 36 percent with currently planned infrastructure and capacity improvements,” the report says.+

Regional banking issues paper now on public exhibit

The Regional Banking Taskforce is calling for public comment as it investigates how branch bank closures are affecting regional communities. To that end, an issues paper and guidelines for making submissions were published last week by the Federal Treasury. The taskforce was established on 22 October, with the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) among its+

Minister’s product stewardship priority list opens to public

Nominations are being sought for the Federal Environment Minister’s product stewardship priority list for 2022-23. In a departure from previous practice, the public is being encouraged to contribute suggestions, along with industry and governments. The annual list identifies products and materials for which industry is expected to take product stewardship action to reduce the environmental,+

Voting for the National Awards Local Government now open

Voting has opened for the National Awards for Local Government with local governments and the public being urged to cast a ballot to acknowledge outstanding community solutions. Voters can choose from 10 nominations in seven of the eight categories. There are three nominations in the Women in Local Government category. Click here to see the+

Refresh for national framework to address gender inequality

An updated suite of resources addressing gender inequality and violence against women has been published by Our Watch. Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly said the revised evidence-based framework went beyond addressing individual behaviours to consider the broader social, political, and economic factors that drive violence. “The evidence shows that we can stop violence against women+

OzHarvest stakes out new ground in fight against food waste

A national campaign to help reduce household food waste has been launched by food rescue group OzHarvest. The Use It Up campaign features a new product innovation, Use It Up Tape™  designed to make it easy for consumers to waste less. The tape can be used in pantries, fridges or freezers to mark out a+

Disaster assistance for LGAs impacted by flooding

Disaster assistance has been made available to 25 local government areas in NSW and Queensland affected by severe storms and flooding in early to mide November. The assistance for NSW is being provided to the Bathurst, Blayney, Blue Mountains, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cabonne, Cobar, Cowra, Forbes, Gilgandra, Gunnedah, Gwydir, Lachlan, Moree Plains, Narrabri, Port Macquarie+

LG workforce rises to 191,000 during last financial year

There were 190,800 people working in local government at the end of June 2021, new Bureau of Statistics figures show. This is about 4800 more people than were employed at the same time in 2020. Of those people employed in local government in 2021, 54,900 were in NSW, 52,300 in Victoria, 43,300 in Queensland, 10,700+

More biosecurity officers posted to ports and mail centres

Australia’s biosecurity defences have been boosted with another 96 more officers assigned to target frontline biosecurity risks. The deployment follows a major Commonwealth recruitment drive for biosecurity officers earlier this year in response to threats posed by African swine fever (ASF) and “hitchhiker pests” like khapra beetles. Agriculture and Northern Australia Minister David Littleproud said+