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Local government a key partner

Local government a key partner

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has developed an advocacy document for the 2016 Federal Election. Read more >

Community training to raise awareness of problem gambling

Community training to raise awareness of problem gambling

Council and David Schwarz urge community to get behind anti-gambling training ‘Gambling is Not a Game’. Read more >

Orange Sky Laundry to serve Canberra homeless

Orange Sky Laundry to serve Canberra homeless

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA today launched Canberra’s first Orange Sky Laundry Van. Read more >

State spending is not enough

State spending is not enough

Massive infrastructure investment will boost Victorian jobs and productivity, but despite its budget surplus the Government has failed to restore equitable funding for core community services co-funded with councils according to Councillor Bill McArthur, President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV). Read more >

Leichhardt to ban metadata use

Leichhardt to ban metadata use

Leichhardt Council has become the first Council in New South Wales to ban the use of metadata by Council. Read more >

ANZAC Day the new way

While the dawn service and main street march will be the traditional celebrations in towns and cities across Australia on Monday, many communities will be commemorating the 101st ANZAC Day with a modern touch.

A sculpture designed in remembrance of the ANZACs has been erected in Cairns and their parade will be augmented by the inclusion of the War Birds restored ex-military aircraft as they continue to recognise the World War I centenary said Mayor Bob Manning.

“In addition, a group re-enacting the March of the Cane Beetles from Babinda to Cairns will join up with the parade precisely 100 years after the original recruitment walk.”

Gunnedah Shire Council Exhibition ‘A Soldier’s Journey’ ANZAC Exhibition will coincide with the events and the commemoration of 100 years anniversary.

A Soldier’s Journey features 14 Illuminated photographs by Lieutenant Harrie Rowland taken during World War II, heraldry, militaria and maps from Lieutenant Rowland’s journey which began in Australia and continued throughout Palestine, Egypt, Bardia, Tobruk, Greece, Crete, Syria, Ceylon, Kokoda Trail and Aitape-Wewak.

An album of letters, photographs and postcards recounting one Tweed soldier's World War I experience is now on display at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah. The album of photos and correspondence, along with Harry Salmon's medals, were donated by Roy Salmon on behalf of the Salmon family and are now at the Museum as part of the exhibition Fragments: remembering WWI.

Western Downs Queensland will honour significant battles involving Australians on the Western Front as part of continuing commemorative services to mark the ANZAC Centenary.

The HMAS Yarra, a Royal Australian Navy Huon Class minehunter, will arrive in the Port of Bundaberg on April 23, 2016 ahead of its participation in the region’s commemorations.

Fremantle was the last Australian experience that many soldiers and sailors had before departing to join the war effort overseas. The Fremantle War Memorial is home to plaques honouring the 849 Fremantle servicemen and women who failed to return from WW1 and will host the City’s dawn service.

This month

Saying welcome

Local governments are discovering economic advantages to supporting migrants and refugees and a new network is encouraging councils to share their knowledge. Read more >


Editorial

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Have your say... Letters to the editor

This is your chance to speak up about current issues affecting your council. Please forward your letters to editorial@lgfocus.com.au Read more >


Making a Boomerang move

Noosa Council is leading by example in the effort to eliminate plastic bags. Read more >


Council turns senate blowtorch on unconventional gas

Continuing to express its opposition to unconventional gas exploration or mining activity, the Surf Coast Shire Council has lodged a submission to a federal Senate Select Committee. Read more >


Local Government’s important contribution to national productivity

Mayor Troy Pickard ALGA President Read more >


Local Government Association of Queensland

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Connecting to the creek

South East Queensland residents are being encouraged to celebrate local waterways throughout annual Connect to Your Creek Week. Read more >


Reducing traffic pressures

The City of Gold Coast has approved a new initiative designed to reduce congestion and ensure minor traffic incidents get cleared up quickly. Read more >


Embracing the digital economy

Ipswich City Council has launched a new startup and innovation hub, and is hoping to position the region as a leader of the digital economy. Read more >


Library cuts hurt community

The City of Melville in Western Australia has criticised the State Government’s decision to withdraw funding from library services. Read more >


Free cuppa for drivers

Businesses support road safety by taking the opportunity to participate in an award-winning project. Read more >


Ports and tourism - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Tasmanian tourism industry is booming and heads are in the sand over a Newcastle container port. Read more >


Councils compete in mobilemuster awards

Thirty local councils from around Australia are in the running for a Top Recycler award in this year’s MobileMuster Local Government Awards. Read more >


Food network supports local producers

The Sunshine Coast Council-supported Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) is assisting food and agribusiness operators and creating local jobs. Read more >


Cemetery restoration honours cultural diversity

The Shire of Christmas Island has been awarded the ‘Peter MacLean Award’ by the Cemetery and Crematorium Association WA, for the Christmas Island Cemeteries Restoration Project. Read more >


Sharing financial knowledge

Last month, councillors from across the Northern Territory undertook intensive training to enhance their governance and financial knowledge. Read more >


Seaside precinct upgraded

The City of Charles Sturt recently completed an $8.4 million redevelopment of Henley Square, one of Adelaide’s most popular coastal destinations. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor Jordan Crugnale, Bass Coast Shire,Victoria

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Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor James Dooley, Frankston City Council, Victoria

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Promoting flexible working

Ahead of its move to an expansive new site, the City of Casey in Victoria is becoming a champion of flexible working. Read more >


Name to stay the same

After ongoing controversy, Blacktown City Council has voted to keep its name. Read more >


CIVENEX 2016*

Australia’s premier infrastructure industry Expo, CIVENEX, will add seminars to the 2016 program to enhance its information supply to industry members who attend the event at the Hawkesbury Show Grounds at Richmond on May 18—19 2016. Read more >


Street art brings vibrancy from Wall to Wall

The unlikely combination of a peaceful rural town and cutting edge street art has proved a winner for Benalla Rural City, which recently hosted the second successful Wall to Wall festival. Read more >


Runs on the board for sustainable sports grounds

The City of Mandurah has delivered an environmentally-sustainable water supply for two school ovals and created a new, two-hectare reserve for the growing Western Australian community. Read more >


Volunteers make a difference

A free training course run by Sunshine Coast Council provides volunteer tutors with the specialised skills needed to teach adult literacy. Read more >


Tasmanian Councils share services and save

Sharing services and information technology is set to save Tasmanian councils up to $2.3 million this financial year. Read more >


Revitalising the creek

Moonee Valley City Council is taking steps to reverse the neglect of a local creek. Read more >