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Council supports health challenge

Council supports health challenge

Golden Plains Shire Council has teamed up with health promotion foundation VicHealth to urge local residents to sign up for the H30 Challenge and improve their health. Read more >

LGAT defends as Treasurer blames councils for water and sewerage problems

LGAT defends as Treasurer blames councils for water and sewerage problems

Peter Gutwein announced yesterday in a speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), that crucial infrastructure upgrades are required to make the state’s water fit to drink and that councils have to accept a greater share of the responsibility for fixing the problem. Read more >

State leads petition for federal funding of kindergartens

State leads petition for federal funding of kindergartens

Victorian children could be the losers if the Federal Government refuses to continue funding kindergartens. Read more >

Political compromise on amalgamations

Political compromise on amalgamations

The New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian announced yesterday that regional council mergers still in dispute will not go ahead Read more >

New Local Government Minister for Queensland

In a cabinet reshuffle, a new Local Government Minister has been appointed in the Queensland Palaszczuk Government.

Ferny Grove MP Mark Furner will take on the portfolio, alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, who formerly held the Local Government role, will become Transport Minister as well as retain the Infrastructure and Planning portfolio.

Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said he looked forward to working with Mr Furner and thanked Ms Trad for her service.

Mayor Jamieson said the LGAQ and councils also looked forward to continuing their relationship with Ms Trad in relation to planning and infrastructure projects.

“Local councils have demonstrated their understanding of where this Government wants to take the State and we are enthusiastic about partnering with the Premier and her Cabinet team to ensure Queensland goes from strength to strength,” Mayor Jamieson said.

Cooling down

Cooling down

As summer temperatures continue to sizzle, a unique project in Canada Bay, New South Wales has revitalised a local shopping strip by cooling down the streets. Read more >

This month

Cooling down

As summer temperatures continue to sizzle, a unique project in Canada Bay, New South Wales has revitalised a local shopping strip by cooling down the streets. Read more >

Councils win out in Works for Queensland jobs program

Last month the Queensland Government announced Works for Queensland a $200 million program aimed at creating jobs in the state’s regional areas. Read more >


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Coastal council responds to climate challenges

The long and stunning coastline in Kingsborough in southeast Tasmania is apt for studying the effects of climate change on coastal communities. Read more >

Celebrating Indigenous knowledge

Aurukun Shire Council in Queensland has officially re-opened an Indigenous Knowledge Centre to celebrate local culture and encourage lifelong learning. Read more >

Innovation and creativity – these are at the heart of how we can grow more connected communities

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Brightening the park

A park in Alpine Shire Council in Victoria has received a stunning splash of colour thanks to a project harnessing the creativity of local youth with the help of professional street artists. Read more >

Adoption cuts animal euthanisation numbers

Fraser Coast Regional Council in Queensland has reported significant success in its animal adoption program. Read more >

Boost for Meals on Wheels

Armidale Regional Council is providing funding for Armidale Meals on Wheels to establish an educational café program. Read more >

Bush bursary sends doctors rural

Yass Valley Council in New South Wales is having success with a program that sends medical students to rural areas. Read more >

Gearing up for the 2017 National Awards for Local Government

The Government’s annual awards for innovative local government projects is open for nominations. Read more >

Tumbarumba gets you thinking - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The regional development literature says that there are big problems once a town’s population drops below 2000 – if that is true, then Tumbarumba is defying the theory. Read more >

End of an era in parking

The ACT Government has replaced all of its single-space parking meters to make way for new technology. Read more >

Lighting audit improves city at night

An audit of pedestrian lighting in Penrith City Centre and nearby residential areas is underway, as part of a broad strategy to enhance the community’s experience of the City at night. Read more >

Travelling exhibition spreads eco message

An exhibition that evokes environmental concerns has made its first stop on a national tour in Isaac Regional Council in Queensland. Read more >

IPWEA showing councils the way to a brighter, smarter future*

LED street lights have been proven to halve energy bills, slash maintenance costs, create safer roads and improve public safety and community amenity – but many Australian councils are still unsure how to move forward with their own projects. Read more >

Councillor profiles - Tracy Dobie Mayor of Southern Downs Regional Council, Queensland

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Councillor profiles - Tony Wellington Mayor, Noosa Shire Council, Queensland

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The sky is the limit for the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast Airport is about to undergo the biggest change since its initial construction 55 years ago, with a $347 million expansion project to start this year. Read more >

Encouraging positive aging

Colac Otway Shire Council in Victoria has embarked on an innovative social project to become an age friendly and dementia inclusive community. Read more >

Calls for a growing suburbs fund

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright is urging the Western Australian Government to create a “growing suburbs fund” for infrastructure in Perth’s booming metropolitan fringe. Read more >

Small changes can make a big difference in Local Government

The 2017 LGPro Annual Conference being held on Wednesday 22 February and Thursday 23 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will have a new look and a new format. Read more >

Eradicating youth homelessness

A report endorsed by Southern Downs Regional Council in Queensland highlights the issue of youth homelessness in the region and points to a way forward. Read more >

New library impresses with technology

Libraries are in the midst of a high-tech revolution, and the new Dudley Denny City Library in Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, is leading the way for regional centres. Read more >

Canberra and Adelaide lead as fellow smart cities

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister Andrew Barr and City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese have signed a Smart City Cooperation Agreement signalling a joint commitment to lead the nation in smart city innovation. Read more >

New online map helps residents find services

A new online map that can be used on a smartphone is helping residents find relevant Council services and public informattion in the City of Port Phillip in Melbourne. Read more >

New disaster resilience tips and tools

Douglas Shire Council and the Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) have finalised a number of Disaster Resilience projects to make local communities safer in the event of a cyclone or major flooding. Read more >

New centre for fire and emergency operations

Fire and emergency crews in the City of Gosnells are spending their first fire season operating from a new Emergency Operations Centre in Beckenham, in Perth’s southeast. Read more >

Diary Dates

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LG Professionals Victoria Annual Conference
22-23 February 2017
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

LG Professionals South Australia Conference
24 February 2017
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

LGMAWA Finance Professionals Conference
2-3 March 2017
Crown Perth, Burswood

LGNSW Tourism Conference
12-14 March 2017
Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree

Street Lighting and Smart Controls Conference
14-17 March 2017
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland

Digital Earth & Locate 17 Symposium
3-6 April
International Conference Centre Sydney