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Woollahra judgement disapointing

Woollahra judgement disapointing

Woollahra judgement a disappointment for local democracy, claims SOCC but vows to continue the fight. Read more >

Electoral Commission of Queensland to Investigate local elections

Electoral Commission of Queensland to Investigate local elections

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) has launched an investigation into the financial campaign activity surrounding the Gold Coast City Council elections. Read more >

New local government minister announced

In the freshly unveiled Turnbull Government ministry, Fiona Nash has been announced as the new Local Government Minister.

Deputy Leader of the National Party, Ms Nash will take the role over from Paul Fletcher, who will become the Minister for Urban Infrastructure.

Ms Nash will add Local Government and Territories to her existing Regional Development, Regional Communications and Rural Health portfolios.

Ms Nash has represented the National Party in the Senate for the state of New South Wales since 2005.

Council speaks up against NSW greyhound racing ban

Richmond Valley Council in northeast New South Wales has questioned whether the State Government’s greyhound racing ban is necessary.

At its meeting tomorrow, the Council will consider a notice of motion that calls on the NSW Government to take into account the impact the ban would have on members of the local community who rely on the greyhound industry for their livelihood and who have been operating in line with its codes and standards.

The Council said it would also investigate the economic impact the ban will have on the Richmond Valley economy and community, including job losses.

Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett said the Council would consider ways to support the local greyhound industry members to assist them to prepare for the impact of the ban.

Mayor Bennett said while he understood the importance of making sure people were doing the right thing by the animals in their care, he did not believe an outright ban was the answer.

He said some of the local businesses to be affected by the ban included veterinary services, pet food and rural supplies, catering and fast food, fuel and service stations.

“I understand greyhound racing in NSW needed to be cleaned up but is banning necessary?” the Mayor said.

“The NSW Government could take control of the industry to clean it up, or if it proceeds with the ban at least provide some form of support for those who have been doing the right thing.”

The Casino Greyhound Racing Club has 62 active members, and there are 100 local trainers in the area running about 1000 greyhounds.

The Club holds around 49 TAB-supported meetings a year at Queen Elizabeth Park, each attended by about 145 adults. Prize money ranges from $1500 to $2300 per race.

Recent investment by the Club included the conversion from grass track to an all-weather loam track.

Lismore Greyhound Club members also train and race at the Casino track due to the flood damage in Lismore.

Strengthening regional links

Strengthening regional links

From Monday, daily flights will take off between Newcastle and Dubbo, strengthening ties between the regional centres. Read more >

Gold Coast innovation ensures supercars stay on track

Gold Coast innovation ensures supercars stay on track

A secret bitumen ingredient guaranteed to withstand the stress of high performance race cars has been developed and laid on the GC600 race circuit. Read more >

This month

Innovation is key

The 2016 Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly (NGA) discussed the innovation needed to solve the problems facing Australian cities and regions. Read more >


We are living in uncertain times. As this edition goes to press, federal votes continue to be tallied, with an outcome still not in sight. An excruciatingly long campaign has ticked over into an excruciatingly long wait for a result. Read more >

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 [email protected] Read more >

Water recycling project making a splash

A City of Sydney recycled water project – which harvests and treats up to 850 million litres of stormwater a year – has won a 2016 Good Design Award. Read more >

Professional development for women

LGPro is running two events this month for Victorian women working in local government. Read more >

The national charge

A national program that supports elder residents in electric wheelchairs is calling on local governments to get involved. Read more >

Examining the state of the regions

President’s comment Read more >

Council goes to school

Cairns Regional Council has used its resources to prepare a suite of activities and toolkits for the region’s school curriculums. Read more >

Building a resilient city

Councils across Melbourne have joined together, along with community organisations and the Victorian Government, to plan for a more resilient city. Read more >

Helping patients make fresh tracks

Ku-ring-gai Council on Sydney’s north shore is working in partnership with the Fresh Tracks Foundation to improve the lives of patients with an acquired brain injury. Read more >

Developing a Toolkit For Change*

Parks and Leisure Australia’s 20th National Conference coming in October Read more >

Rediscovering well-developed policy – a role for local government - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Laura Tingle (Australian Financial Review) wrote an excellent ‘Quarterly Essay’ last month, which received special attention around Canberra. Read more >

Championing digital in Queensland

Whitsunday ROC (Regional Organisation of Councils) has successfully nominated three representatives for a program designed to grow Queensland’s digital economy. Read more >

Get ABR Explorer and understand businesses in your area

ABR Explorer is a free online reporting and analytical tool that gives authorised government agencies easy access to all Australian Business Number (ABN) information on the Australian Business Register (ABR). Read more >

Promoting outback wonders online

The Banana Shire has launched a digital strategy to promote a little-known tourism gem on the edge of Queensland’s Outback. Read more >

Building relationships between young and old

A kindergarten in Glenelg Shire is building new relationships with some of the community’s oldest residents as part of an innovative new educational program. Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor Vonda Malone Torres Shire Council, Queensland

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Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor Chris Loft Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland

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Achieve a single, unified reporting environment with MAGIQ*

The City of Whittlesea in Melbourne has invested in the MAGIQ Performance Suite to deliver on the strategic goal of implementing a single enterprise-wide reporting solution. Read more >

Council's high achievers - This month from Tom Steele, GIS and Assets Coordinator, Leeton Shire Council

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Council's high achievers - This month from Clarence Valley Council Library Staff

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East meets West

The City of Mount Gambier has commenced works to transform a current rail corridor into a shared cycling/walking path that will join East and West Mount Gambier. Read more >