NBN coverage sought for regional Victoria

The National Broadband Network (NBN) alone does not address all telecommunications services that are critical for regional and rural Victoria, according to the Victorian Government. The Regional Telecommunications Review will receive advice from the state government through a submission covering the interests of regional and rural areas. The review calls for a national strategy to […]

LGSA rejects water utilities report

New South Wales councils have rejected key findings of Infrastructure Australia’s report into Local Water Utilities (LWU) and are “furious” at the lack of consultation. The Infrastructure Australia Report on Regional Towns Water Quality and Security found that in many regional towns, water quality did not always meet health standards and planning for security was often […]

Great Southern towns to receive facelifts

Local governments in Western Australia's Great Southern region will receive State Government grants to upgrade their streetscapes, roads and lighting. WA Minister for Regional Development, Brendon Grylls, announced the creation of the Great Southern Town Centre Enhancement Program (GSTCEP), which is an initiative of the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC). The $1million grant program will […]

$100 million for community assets

By Angela Dorizas Local government will receive a $100 million funding boost for community infrastructure, Minister for Regional Australia and Local Government, Simon Crean, has announced. The new funding is the third and final round of the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP), which the Government is now withdrawing. Mr Crean said more than […]

New grants for rural community buildings

Local governments in Queensland are invited to apply for their share of the State Government’s $2 million rural capacity building fund. Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin announced on Tuesday that round one of the $2 million Building Rural Communities Fund was now open. The fund will provide […]

Community opportunity to shape regional rail link

  Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, said community representatives would play an important role in delivering the first major new rail line for metropolitan Melbourne in 80 years. “The Regional Rail Link Community Reference Group will be a key channel for community involvement in this vital infrastructure project,” Mr Albanese said. “We […]

WA councils seek urgent drought assistance

By Angela Dorizas Local communities in Western Australia have appealed for urgent government assistant as they face severe drought conditions. The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) has called on the State Government to issue a ‘declaration of water deficiency’ for regions in severe drought and provide urgent assistance to deal with the financial, social and […]

Brumby to bring 100 government jobs to Bendigo

The Victorian Government has unveiled plans to bring 100 public sector jobs to Bendigo with the opening of a new call centre. Premier John Brumby said the creation of the new Bendigo-based government call centre was part of a broader strategy to drive economic growth in regional and rural Victoria through decentralisation of government jobs. “We have a […]

Regional council ready to dump Telstra

By Lilia Guan   Anger over Telstra's decision to close a call centre in the Grafton area has the local council up in arms.   In early September Telstra announced its plans to axe up to 108 jobs at its call centre, located in Grafton, New South Wales.   Mayor of Clarence Valley, Richie Williamson, […]

WA boosts district allowance for regional public servants

By Angela Dorizas The Government of Western Australia has announced an increase in district allowance payments for more than 7000 public sector employees in regional areas. The $110.8 million district allowance, agreed to by public sector unions, is funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program. Workers in the Pilbara and Kimberley will receive the […]

ELECTION 2010: $200m for regional housing

By Angela Dorizas A re-elected Labor Government would provide $200 million to boost housing in regional communities and relieve pressure on capital cities. Speaking in Brisbane on Sunday, Ms Gillard announced that Labor would make available funding to councils to help fast track the construction of around 15,000 new homes. Ms Gillard said the Building […]

Regional communities receive cycleways funding

By Staff Writer The Rudd Government has committed more than $291,000 towards three cyclesways in central west New South Wales. Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said the projects formed part of the Federal Government’s $40 million National Bike Paths Projects fund. “We are investing in three bike path projects in […]

Local leaders to chair Victorian regional development committees

By Staff Writer The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments have appointed 83 regional and rural Victorians to serve on the state’s nine Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees. The community leaders will play a key role in determining the future growth and development of their towns. Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Maxine McKew, and […]


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