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2017 National Awards for Local Government

The Australian Government’s annual awards for innovative local government projects opens today. The awards recognise innovative projects, which provide new or improved local government services to regional and rural communities.

These awards celebrate the ‘best of the best’ local government projects which range from infrastructure, regional growth and art projects.

The national winner of the 2016 Awards was Mackay Regional Council in Queensland for their Transforming a Water Business project.

Category winners will be announced in mid-April 2017, and the national winner will be announced at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly dinner in June 2017.

Nominations for the National Awards for Local Government 2017 will close on Friday, 3 March 2017.

More information about the awards, and how to submit an entry, is available at:

Round Three of Building Our Regions to open on 30 January 2017

Round Three of the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions funding program will open ahead of schedule on 30 January 2017. The $70M program will open early than the mid-year schedule to assist in generating more jobs and boosting the economy sooner rather than later. ‘

Councils will have 4 weeks from 30 January 2017, to submit expressions of interest. Following the expression of interest process shortlisted projects will be invited to submit full applications.

Keep an eye in this space for all the details.

$200M Work for Queensland program to create regional jobs now

A total of $200M has been allocated to 65 regional Councils across Australia based on population and local unemployment figures. Councils are now encouraged to nominate projects by early February with approvals to follow soon after. It is expected that ll projects would be complete by the end of November 2017.

Projects may include things like improving the conditions of local roads, or upgrading important community infrastructure. Local Governments are key employers in all regional Councils, this funding will not only create jobs it will deliver key infrastructure across Australia.

Check out the full media release here.

Gladstone secures $415,000 in Betterment funding for Marsh and Popenia Roads

Gladstone Regional Council has secured more than $415,000 in Betterment funding to upgrade and improve the resilience of Marsh Road and Popenia Road following Cyclone Marcia.

This funding is in addition to the $3.8 million in Betterment funding already provided to Gladstone Regional Council to upgrade vital public infrastructure damaged as a result of Cyclone Marcia.

This funding will enable Council to rebuild these vital transport routes to be more resilient into the future, and reduce the economic burden of natural disasters into the future.

Check out the full media release here.

Tendering for Government Business – Rockhampton

The Queensland Government is holding a Tendering for Government Business Workshop in Rockhampton on Wednesday 15 March 2017, from 8am to 1pm.

The Tendering for Government Business Workshop is the state’s premier program educating industry on the government procurement process.

This workshop helps suppliers maximise their chances of winning government work and is also applicable to private sector, including major projects.

Tickets are available for purchase here.

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