Locale Consulting has published its "Out of the box" newsletter.  It features a several articles, tips and blogs about local planning, community  engagement, regional jobs and funding etc. Links to articles are listed below. 

Statement of reasons for planning decisions

In this article we explore in detail the proposal under the draft Planning Bill 2017 that local councils must prepare a statement of reasons for development consent decisions.

We look at the theory behind giving reasons in administrative decision making and what this will mean for local councils from a practical perspective. We also share our tips on how to prepare a statement of reasons.

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5 top tips for successful community engagement

Many of our projects involve stakeholder or community engagement as a core element. From this experience, we have come up with our five top tips on how to get the most from your community from the engagement process and your next project.

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Good news for Regional Australia Building Better Regions Fund extended

In the budget earlier this year, the Federal government announced the extension of the Building Better Regions Fund. An additional $200 million will be devoted to this program over the next four years, taking the total fund up to $500 million. This is great news for local councils and not-for-profits operating in regional areas. We are share our tips on how to make your grant application cut through and get traction.

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Funding opportunity - Regional Jobs and Investment Packages

The Regional Jobs and Investment Packages will see $220 million invested into the regions across Australia. This is fantastic news for our clients located on the South and North coasts of NSW - as these two regions have been selected as pilots for the programme. Applications will need to be well crafted to compete against private enterprise including specifically addressing the priorities identified in the region's Local Investment Plan.

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