The Victorian Government has announced regional and rural councils will share in over $100 million for vital infrastructure in the first allocation round of the Local Government Infrastructure Program (LGIP).

The funding will be distributed amongst 48 regional and rural councils to support the construction and development of key local infrastructure priorities.

"The program is supporting local council initiatives to upgrade vital infrastructure including roads and bridges, as well as supporting the development of new or improved facilities such as halls and theatres, sporting grounds, grandstands, pools and libraries,” Acting Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said.

The Victorian Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell has released the Better Practice Building Site Management discussion paper which aims to reduce the regulatory burden faced by the building industry as a consequence of inconsistent local laws applying to building sites.

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA), which will be responsible for urban renewal and revitalisation of Perth, commenced operations on January 1, 2012.

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