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A Focus on Performance

A Focus on Performance Mayor Barry Jarvis, President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) is helping new mayors and councillors approach their new roles with confidence and professionalism through a numerous training opportunities. Read more >

Petrol-powered bikes banned on NSW roads

Petrol-powered bikes banned on NSW roads An example of a petrol-powered bicycle provided by the NSW Centre for Road Safety

Petrol-powered bicycles have been banned from accessing New South Wales roads. Read more >

Probe into 'double dip'

Probe into 'double dip'

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) is surveying all South Australian Councils to try to identify the ‘double dip’ impact of increases in the Emergency Services Levy on Council properties. Read more >

NSW Councils to review and enhance services

NSW Councils to review and enhance services

Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW, through a new business partnership with CAMMS, is enabling councils to now access RevuMap, an intelligent and integrated service review, business improvement, benchmarking and process management tool that enables councils themselves to deliver productivity improvements and bottom line savings. Read more >

Roads to Recovery and Financial Assistance Grants

Roads to Recovery and Financial Assistance Grants Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss speaking at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly in June, 2014

Councils across Australia are currently receiving the latest instalment of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery and Financial Assistance Grants funding. Read more >

Leading and Embracing Diversity

Leading and Embracing Diversity

VicHealth and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) will be hosting a forum titled 'Leading and Embracing Diversity: Strategies to Reduce Race-based Discrimination'. Read more >

This month

Gender equality

Women’s role in Australian local governments has been given a higher profile following the results of elections and a national award. Read more >


This past month has seen both Local Government New South Wales (LGNSW) and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) hold their annual conferences. 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 Read more >

Bridging the job gap

A state of the art industrial development in Serpentine Jarrahdale’s West Mundijong industrial area promises to deliver over 4,000 jobs during the construction phase and beyond, following the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s joint venture initiative with the Department of Agriculture and Food. Read more >

Revised State-Local Government agreement

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has signed a revised and strengthened Victorian State-Local Government Agreement (VSLGA) to create a whole-of-State-Government commitment to consult, communicate, and negotiate with local government. Read more >

Wheels of NSW Local Government reform in motion - President’s comment

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) held its annual conference from 19–21 October 2014 and the topic that dominated debate was the reform of NSW councils, and the package announced by the NSW Government in September aimed at enticing councils to talk to their neighbours about merging. Read more >

Heart Foundation Local Government Award

Whyalla City Council has been recognised for its contribution to tackling heart disease at the 2014 Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards. Read more >

New president for Local Government Association of Tasmania

Mayor Barry Jarvis of Dorset Council has become new President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania. Read more >

75th anniversary of NSW Library Act

Shoalhaven Libraries have joined facilities across the state in celebrating the 75th anniversary of free public libraries in New South Wales. Read more >

Councils more than roads and rubbish

Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) President Mayor David O’Loughlin has said that people need to get over the myth that Councils are only responsible for roads, rates and rubbish. Read more >

Celebrating your hometown champions - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Driving through France last year it was quite apparent that the rural towns are travelling quite well, at least relative to ours. The weekly markets were abuzz with produce and people, and the bars and restaurants were busy. The west counties of England were much the same. Read more >

Sale of Civic Triangle

South Perth is set to gain a new landmark mixed-use development following the $27.31 million sale of the South Perth ‘Civic Triangle’ site. Read more >

Environmental winner

The City of Holdfast Bay has been announced as the South Australian State Winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable City Awards for 2014. Read more >

Award finalist

The Koala Connections program, a joint initiative between Tweed Shire Council and Byron Shire Council, is one of four finalists for a new Natural Environment Sustainability category for the 2014 Green Globe Awards. Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Wagait Shire Council, NT

President Lisa Marie Stones, Wagait Shire Council, Northern Territory Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Litchfield Council, NT

Mayor Allan McKay, Litchfield Council, Northern Territory Read more >

Recognising Councils high achievers - This month from Balranald Shire Council, NSW

Aaron Drenovski, Balranald Shire Council, New South Wales Read more >

Recognising Councils high achievers - This month from North Sydney Council, NSW

Strategic Planning Team, North Sydney Council, New South Wales Read more >

Parklet Pods

Skips redesigned as small outdoor dining areas for cafes are being trialed in central Geelong. Read more >

WWI history brought to life

Coffs Harbour Library is displaying memorabilia commemorating the tragic story of a young Australian who was one of the first 500 to sign up as soldiers at the start of World War I Read more >

Grand tea for grandparents

Shoalhaven City Council has joined forces with the Nowra Family Support Service and the Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW in hosting Grand Tea for Grandparents events last month. Read more >

Leadership Academy

In 2012, Gladstone Regional Council’s Manager People and Performance developed a multi-tier approach to improving general leadership within the organisation and the way it influenced leadership in a volatile, resource driven economy. Read more >

Fire Awareness Project wins award

The St Andrews Fire Awareness Project and Nillumbik Shire Council have won the Victorian State 2014 Resilient Australia Award. Read more >

Winter Wonderland Festival

Mamma Carmela’s Winter Wonderland at Glenelg was a new event that was held from 28 June until 27 July 2014 positioned on the foreshore of Adelaide’s premier seaside suburb. Read more >