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Fresh Premier fresh start in NSW

Fresh Premier fresh start in NSW

The local government sector has welcomed New South Wales’ (NSW) new Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and described her commitment to listen to communities as a “fresh new start” for the state. Read more >

ALGA continues pressure to reverse FAG freeze

ALGA continues pressure to reverse FAG freeze

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has continued to advocate for the restoration of the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) in this year’s Federal Budget. Read more >

Local communities will benefit from new jobs program

Local communities will benefit from new jobs program

The Palaszczuk Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland program will deliver a shot in the arm for regional communities in need of healthy jobs growth, according to the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). Read more >

Local government sector responds to NSW premier resignation

Local government sector responds to NSW premier resignation New South Wales Premier Mike Baird announced his resignation this morning.

The New South Wales Premier Mike Baird made the surprise announcement this morning that he would resign from politics halfway through his current term. Read more >

The year ahead

The year ahead

As we settle into the new working year, Australia’s state and territory local government associations tell us what’s on the horizon for their member councils in 2017. Read more >

100 years of local government

100 years of local government Over 400 guests attended the centenary celebration.

Renmark Paringa Council in South Australia recently celebrated 100 years of local government in the area. Read more >

This month

The year ahead

As we settle into the new working year, Australia’s state and territory local government associations tell us what’s on the horizon for their member councils in 2017. Read more >


Editorial

No doubt many of us breathed a sigh of relief as we flicked our calendars over and ushered in the New Year. Local Government had an eventful 2016 to say the least, with council amalgamations and elections breaching national headlines throughout much of the year. Read more >


100 years of local government

Renmark Paringa Council in South Australia recently celebrated 100 years of local government in the area. Read more >


Music video helps residents prepare

The Banana Shire in Queensland has run a successful community engagement program to prepare residents for natural disaster – which included filming an educational music video. Read more >


Automated meters save water and money

Federation Council recently completed a water meter replacement and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) project, which is already having a positive impact on the local community. Read more >


Rise in percentage of female councillors

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World-class skate park unveiled

The Shire of Esperance in Western Australia has officially launched a beachside skate park that measure’s up with the world’s best. Read more >


Sports surface saves water*

Urban pitches can be so much more than just a playing surface. Read more >


1000 books to tackle illiteracy

Brimbank City Council in western Melbourne is joining other Victorian councils in a campaign to foster early literacy skills. Read more >


Public art lives on after demolition

A six-metre long mural depicting the colonial history of Parramatta has been successfully conserved during the demolition of the former Council Chambers building. Read more >


Gippsland, the resilient region - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Gippsland region is again suffering major economic and social dislocation, this time due to the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station – 600 direct job losses. Read more >


Keeping wise on climate

Ku-ring-gai Council in Sydney has won a major award for its program encouraging community resilience in the face of extreme weather conditions. Read more >


Saleyards improvements through the roof

The Shire of Plantagenet in Western Australia has installed a long-awaited roof over the dirt pens at the Mount Barker Regional Saleyards. Read more >


Future vision

Wellington Shire Council in eastern Victoria is in the final stages of developing a renewed strategic community vision, Wellington 2030. Read more >


Community engagement weighs on procurement*

By Rob Cook, Marketing Manager, TenderLink Read more >


Councillor profiles - Jo Beard, Mayor of Corangamite Shire, Victoria

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Councillor profiles - Kenneth John Clarke OAM JP FCPA, Mayor of Rural City of Wangaratta, Victoria

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MAGIQ Performance delivers Council quality data and meaningful reports*

Moree Plains Shire Council has used MAGIQ Performance to deliver its Operational Plan, achieving a significant improvement in the overall visibility of its organisational performance. Read more >


Remote rural road comes up to scratch

Isaac Regional Council has achieved success in road rehabilitation using an Australian made product on a road previously declared ‘too hard’. Read more >


Reasons why you should ‘Be the Balance’!*

Registration opens for the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Biennial Conference. Read more >


Council's high achievers - Pauline Koritsa, General Manager Business and Community Services, City of West Torrens, South Australia

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Council's high achievers - Adam Mrotek, Manager, Projects & Development Policy, City of Onkaparinga, South Australia

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Future directions - By Greg Neri, Manager Youth Services, Town of Bassendean, Western Australia

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Stormy spring throws a spanner in capital works program

Adelaide Hills Council in South Australia has undertaken significant reconstruction works following the devastating storms in the area last year. Read more >


Working on a tree change

The City of Stirling in Western Australia is working to ensure significant tree canopy is maintained across the expanding city. Read more >


Creating healthy workplaces

A comprehensive workplace health and wellbeing program at the Shire of Northam in Western Australia has led to a reduction in staff turnover and dramatically improved morale. Read more >


Council pushes back against Federal NBN policy

Following the discovery that the West Coast was to receive satellite-only NBN, West Coast Council led a community campaign requesting the NBN Co and the Government reconsider the options available to the area. Read more >


Large-scale solar powers ahead

Sunshine Coast Council is taking control of its own electricity supply with construction of its purpose built solar farm on track to open in 2017. Read more >


Making moves on healthier living

Moonee Valley residents are becoming more active than ever, thanks to the success of the Active8 program. Read more >


Big jobs, small bucks with Australian road maintenance innovation PolyCom*

Road maintenance costs rise daily as construction becomes more challenging. The flow on effect is the inability to sustain acceptable standards for road users and ratepayers. Read more >


New scholarship to support professional development of local government practitioners*

The University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG) has launched a new scholarship designed to support local government professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge and skills through postgraduate study. Read more >


Diary Dates

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LG Professionals South Australia Conference
24 February 2017
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

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

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

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

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