Federal grants protect Torres Strait coast

Torres Strait Regional Council will receive a federal grant to help fund coastal protection works against king tides. The federal government will fund up to $12 million, with the Queensland Government also encouraged to provide its own share of matching funding for the $24 million Torres Strait Coastal Protection Works project. It includes $5 million […]

Localising sustainability

Speaking at the Sustaining Rural Communities Conference in Narrabri recently, Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean said embedding localism was key to turning challenges into competitive advantages. Mr Crean said regionalism’s time has come and localism could be used to generate the country’s “strength, diversity and prosperity”. He said the government had committed significant resources […]

Federal funds branch out to councils

The Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) is a $1 billion federal program investing a first round of $150 million in 35 projects worth almost $418 million. Most of the projects fall under local government, with clubs, societies and non-for-profit organisations making up the remainder. These projects are primarily community buildings, cultural and tourist projects, training […]

Crean tours Queensland

Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean, this week toured flood-affected towns across the state. During a visit to Maryborough on the Fraser Coast, Mr Crean reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to assisting local government in the recovery effort. He said additional funding had been provided to councils and shires under the […]

$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 […]

Speed dating for capital city mayors

By Lilia Guan   Capital City Lord Mayors from around Australia recently met-up in Canberra to discuss the latest issues and agendas concerning capital cities.   This year, the Lord Mayors met-up with newly appointed Minister for Local Government, Simon Crean.   In an interview with Government News about the annual meeting, City of Melbourne […]

Burke and Crean take on future planning

By Angela Dorizas Councils and developers have welcomed the appointment of Simon Crean and Tony Burke to the two portfolios critical to future planning. Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced over the weekend that Simon Crean would become Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, while the Minister for Sustainable Population Growth, Tony Burke, […]


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