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Special General Meeting Votes to Adopt New Name

A Special General Meeting of members of the National Sea Change Taskforce, held on 12 March in conjunction with the Australian Coastal Councils Conference, resolved to change the name of the organization. The members in attendance voted unanimously to change the name to the Australian Coastal Councils Association Inc. The change is scheduled to come … Continue reading Special General Meeting Votes to Adopt New Name

Councils Can’t Afford Increased Share of Disaster Funding – Taskforce

The National Sea Change Taskforce has told a Productivity Commission inquiry hearing into natural disaster funding that coastal councils do not have the capacity to pick up an increased share of disaster funding. Alan Stokes, of the Taskforce secretariat, told the public hearing in Melbourne on 28 October that under current fiscal arrangements local government … Continue reading Councils Can’t Afford Increased Share of Disaster Funding – Taskforce

Inquiry Recommends cuts to Disaster Recovery Funding

The draft report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into natural disaster funding recommends reducing the Commonwealth share of disaster recovery costs from 75% to 50%, with the balance to be picked up by state governments. The report, released on 25 September, also recommends that the Commonwealth substantially increase its funding to the states for mitigation … Continue reading Inquiry Recommends cuts to Disaster Recovery Funding

Inquiry to Consider Commonwealth Funding Cuts for Natural Disasters

A Productivity Commission inquiry into funding arrangements for natural disasters is considering recommendations to substantially reduce the level of Commonwealth financial support for disaster reconstruction costs. Until now the Commonwealth has played a major role in providing funding and other support to help the states and territories provide urgent assistance to communities affected by disasters. … Continue reading Inquiry to Consider Commonwealth Funding Cuts for Natural Disasters