Feds plough $7.4 mil into regional heritage funding

Staff writers Federal Minister for Sustainability, Tony Burke has called on councils and historical groups to apply for $7.4 million in grants to be distributed under the the 2012-13 round of the ‘Your Community Heritage’ program intended to better protect significant sites. The program has previously supported community groups, heritage organisations, historical societies, councils and […]

Feedback sought on sustainable population strategy

Minster for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke, released on Thursday an issues paper on the Government’s sustainable population strategy and invited feedback from the community. The issues paper brought together the major issues identified in reports by the three independent Sustainable Population Strategy Advisory Panels, which focused on demographic change, liveability, productivity, prosperity and […]

Chief water bureaucrat resigns

In a press statement released on Tuesday, Mr Taylor announced that he had written to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke, the problematic development of the Muray-Darling Basin Plan. Mr Taylor said balancing social and economic impacts of the plan against the Water Act 2007 posed a “significant challenge”. However, […]

New roundtable on climate change

The Federal Government has announced the creation of a new non-government roundtable to provide advice on climate change policies. The roundtable will include leaders from across the community sector, including local government, unions, social services and environmental groups. It will provide advice to the Government on the introduction of a new carbon price, including issues […]

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, […]

Burke announces population panels

The Minister for Sustainable Population Tony Burke has announced the membership of the three panels to advise him on sustainable population issues. The panels are the first step in establishing a national dialogue on the Federal Government's Sustainable Population Strategy. They will be: a Demographic change and Liveability Panel, a Productivity and Prosperity Panel and […]

Queensland councils reject “big Australia”

By Angela Dorizas Queensland councils have joined with Prime Minister Julia Gillard in reconsidering Australia’s population growth. Ms Gillard has revealed that she does not believe in a “big Australia”, signalling a shift in policy on population growth. “Australia should not hurtle down the track towards a big population,” Ms Gillard said. “I don't support the idea […]

Rudd establishes Australia’s first Population ministry

By Angela Dorizas Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced over the weekend Australia's first ministry for population growth, appointing Tony Burke as the nation’s first Minister for Population. Mr Burke has been assigned the task of developing Australia’s first comprehensive Population Strategy, while retaining his current portfolio of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The Population Strategy will consider the social and […]

Focus on women in rural communites

By Staff Writer More work is needed to support women in leadership roles in regional communities, according to a report released by the Federal Government yesterday.  The report found that while women contribute close to half the total output of farming communities, there had been little change in their representation in leadership positions in agriculture. […]


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