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The Australian Local Government Association’s submission for the 2020-21 Federal Budget outlines how funding at the local level can support the Commonwealth’s priorities of keeping the economy strong, and Australians safe. Local Government has demonstrated it is a reliable, professional and cost-effective partner in delivering Commonwealth programs, for example the more than 60,000 projects in partnership with the Commonwealth since the creation of the $6.3 billion Roads to Recovery Program in 2001, the ALGA submission said. Other key points made by the association were: That increased economic productivity will be enhanced if the Government’s priorities ...
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A joint funding agreement between Standards Australia and the Commonwealth Government will make the key bushfire standard available for all who need it. Standards Australia has joined the wider community in efforts to rebuild after the devastating bushfires, by making Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas , AS 3959:2018 available at no direct cost to users, until 30 June 2021. “This is a difficult time for many individuals and communities. When the scale of the disaster became apparent, I wanted to make sure Standards Australia was directly contributing to the broader Australian response," said CEO of Standards Australia, Adrian O'Connell ...
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Global thinktank, the Intelligent Community Forum, has recognised the cities of Adelaide and Sunshine Coast as Top 7 finalists in its prestigious 2020 award to be announced in June. In October, Adelaide earned its spot among the ICF’s ‘Smart21’ as the first step to greater recognition as an Intelligent Community. Adelaide is positioned well in the smart city space, for its world leading Ten Gigabit Adelaide fibre optic network and for embedding smart technology into the city’s infrastructure. City of Adelaide Lord Mayor, Sandy Verschoor said it was a huge honour to be recognised in the Top 7. “For over a decade, we have been strategically investing ...
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Yarra Valley Water is planning to build a new underground recycled water facility in Melbourne’s east, allowing nearby residents to save precious drinking water and to reduce their water bills. Work has begun to assess the feasibility of building the new facility at the Tram Road Reserve in Doncaster. It will deliver Class A recycled water to more than 5000 households in the Doncaster Hill precinct for flushing toilets, watering gardens and washing cars, and will also provide drought-proof water for local sports grounds and parks.   The underground facility will be similar to the MCG’s recycled water plant in Yarra Park and will provide an opportunity ...
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A report released last week by LGNZ is a roadmap for councils finding their way through the complex policy, regulatory and market tools available to help enable more affordable housing developments. With demand soaring, rents rising and building costs increasing, many councils are grappling with how best to facilitate affordable housing developments in their communities. While the Government has begun to implement a range of legislation and organisations, understanding how they all fit together and are best utilised is difficult at best, according to peak body, Local Government New Zealand. The report, “Policy, Regulatory and Market Resources to Create ...
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LDEG Forum 2020 - A Unified Approach to Subdivision and Land Development Standards, By Peter Higgs. A Collaborative Case for Change. Come along to the LDEG Forum to be held 19-20 March in Palmerston North and have your say. The use of NZS4404 varies across the country with many regions and individual councils using their own standards for infrastructure.  This creates a patchwork environment making it difficult for developers, their representatives, suppliers and contractors to understand requirements in the different areas. There are significant gaps in the standards that have been identified which are causing frustration across the sector. ...
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Australia’s disastrous 2020 bushfire season has been complicated by telecommunication failures and equipment destruction in affected areas at a time of their critical need. The emergency has highlighted a range of infrastructure inadequacies that need urgent action.   At a roundtable convened by the Minister for Communications on 22 January, Australia’s telco industry leaders addressed the sector’s response to the impact of bushfires on communication services, and devised long-term initiatives to bolster network resilience. Ahead of the meeting, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP visited fire-affected areas ...
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The NSW State Government proposal to reclaim up to 15,000 kilometres of rural and regional council roads has been welcomed by Local Government NSW. A panel of six experts has been appointed to identify a selection of roads to be reclassified to state control. “Local Government NSW, on behalf of councils, has been pushing for an end to cost shifting in the road system for some time," said LGNSW President, Cr Linda Scott. “We thank the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW and the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads for responding to our calls to work with us to reduce the administrative and financial burden. “The management of tens of ...
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Brewarrina Shire Council in north-western NSW installed a reverse-osmosis water refilling station for residents in January, as prolonged drought conditions have affected the quality of town drinking water sourced from the Barwon River. The town’s filtered water supply is still safe to consume anduse for all other domestic household purposes including showering and bathing, but its taste has deteriorated, and many locals have turned to buying bottled water. The free water station, which is in the Visitor Centre car park and available 24/7, is on loan from Tenterfield Shire Council while Brewarrina’s desal unit is constructed. Rural Aid donated the equipment ...
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Only a viable high-tech waste management industry can turn ‘rubbish mountains into business opportunities’ says the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (known as ATSE), and they want information from the front line to help make it happen. The academy, known as ATSE, has launched a project to investigate the readiness of Australia’s waste management and resource recovery sector to adapt, adopt and develop technologies to address the challenges and opportunities of the next decade. Members of the sector are invited to give their opinions and ideas through an online survey. “Technology has already transformed recycling in Australia,” said ...
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Dulverton Waste Management has sought approval for a $5 million upgrade of its composting operation near Railton in Tasmania, to provide best-practice leachate and odour control. The facility is the state’s largest, with capacity to divert up to 40,000 tonnes of organic material from landfill each year. Compost is created from the green waste of the Cradle Coast region’s councils and industry organics from across Tasmania. The final product is sold to farmers and home gardeners.If it goes ahead, the project creates the potential for DWM to process new types of industry and municipal waste, including food and garden organics (FOGO) collected at the ...
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Austroads has published a new guide to support under-resourced councils in navigating their unique and numerous responsibilities in road safety management. The publication,  Local Government Road Safety Management Guidance,  is a compilation of the latest research on implementing Safe System principles. Councils manage approximately 82 per cent of Australian and 88 per cent of New Zealand road networks. These routes accommodate around 36 per cent of all travel in Australia and half of all travel in New Zealand. More than half of all crashes occur on local roads, at a rate nearly double that of state-managed roads. “Local government roads typically ...
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CPEE Launches ‘Study with a Buddy’ Higher Education Initiative The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) has launched ‘Study with a Buddy’, a new initiative in road and pavement specialist education designed to enhance student learning and reduce employer costs. Students studying together in the same workplace enjoy peer mentoring from their ‘study buddy’ and benefit from reduced fees. It has been shown that improved outcomes are considerable when studying in conjunction with a study buddy. That is, where two persons are undertaking the same or similar units of study. They greatly assist each other’s learning by comparative interaction, support ...
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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $18 million in recoupable grant funding to develop Australia’s second large scale energy-from-waste plant in Western Australia. The $511 million plant will be located in the Rockingham Industrial Zone, 40km south of Perth where it will reduce waste currently going to landfill and generate dispatchable electricity for the grid. The East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility is expected to process approximately 300,000 tonnes per year of residual waste from non-recyclable materials in the Perth metropolitan area to deliver 29 MW of baseload electricity capacity, enough to power more than 36,000 ...
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The Museum of Science, Boston and its EiE team have entered a licensing partnership with Australia's National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon to introduce Engineering is Elementary to primary school teachers across Australia. Peter Junk, Professor of Chemistry at JCU, will lead the study, which is funded by a $420,000 Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant. The program will be rolled out in  Australia  over the next three years through Questacon, supported by investment from The Australian Defence Force. Questacon will deliver professional development workshops and resource kits to 1000 primary school teachers from up to ...
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James Cook University researchers will investigate a new way of preventing corrosion to better protect steel used in everything from car radiators to billion-dollar pipelines. Peter Junk, Professor of Chemistry at JCU, will lead the study, which is funded by a $420,000 Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant. He says corrosion of steel infrastructure, found in bridges, water cooling towers, car radiators, oil and gas pipelines and in shipping and aviation, is a persistent and expensive problem that’s likely to worsen under projected climate change scenarios. “Corrosion costs the world around $US4 trillion annually, more importantly ...
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MidCoast Council in NSW is accelerating development of a temporary desalination plant at the Nabiac Aquifer water supply plant to provide emergency water to its community, which is at Level 4 water restrictions. The plant could be operating in two months. “We’ve made the decision to ensure water security for the Manning - Great Lakes scheme, which supplies 90 per cent of our water users,” said Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Rob Scott on January 6. “We are currently seeking approvals from the NSW Government to proceed with a desalination plant, accessing the $1 million grant to kick start the project.” “This amount of construction ...
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Austroads has released a 10-Part Guide to Temporary Traffic Management to improve the safety and efficiency of temporary traffic management on road worksites across Australia and New Zealand. It is estimated that around 250,000 people and more than 800 companies provide temporary traffic management services in Australia alone. Temporary traffic management creates safe work areas for construction, maintenance and other activities occuring on or near a road. Safety is most commonly achieved by using traffic control devices like signs, signals, pavement markings, traffic islands, or other devices installed with the approval of a road agency. Austroads’ ...
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A new council building in the Eurobodalla Shire is still standing despite the intense fires that surrounded it at new year, thanks to construction standards talking into account its bushland location.  Bushfire has devastated large parts of Eurobodalla in southern NSW, including in and around Mogo. Although fire swept through the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden at the peak of the crisis, the most recently constructed and renovated building survived intact. The new building – including visitor centre, herbarium, café and education hub – was constructed to high fire standards, using selected hardwoods, with these conditions in mind. It was handed over ...
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Warren Sharpe OAM is IPWEA NSW President and Eurobodalla Director Infrastructure Services, and Local Emergency Management Officer. He is working on the ground at one of the worst bushfire affected regions in the country. Below is Warren's message to members and colleagues, with personal and professional insight about the emergency's continuing impact on his community. In the face of on-going drought and the NSW fires, IPWEA NSW members have risen to the enormous challenges to help respond to this national scale natural disaster. We congratulate all who have given so much to help their communities during this traumatic period. We always knew the IPWEA ...
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