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Audit highlights financial challenges for Victoria’s local councils

Audit highlights financial challenges for Victoria’s local councils

The Victorian Auditor-General John Doyle has tabled the Local Government: Results of the 2013–14 Audits report. Read more >

Audit finds support for local councils inadequate and out of date

Audit finds support for local councils inadequate and out of date

Victorian Auditor-General John Doyle has released the Effectiveness of Support for Local Government report, finding that support activities available to councils are ‘inadequate and out of date’. Read more >

Ceremony to honour Faith Bandler

Ceremony to honour Faith Bandler

A local ceremony will be held to pay respect to former Tumbulgum and Murwillumbah resident Faith Bandler, a South Sea Islander regarded as one of the world's most influential women. Read more >

ALGA sets priorities for year ahead

ALGA sets priorities for year ahead

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has established its priorities for the year ahead, with the restoration of indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) on top of the agenda. Read more >

Isaac welcomes FIFO review

Isaac welcomes FIFO review

As Mayor of the largest mining region in Queensland hosting two 100 percent fly in, fly out (FIFO) mines, Anne Baker has strongly welcomed Labor’s review of the conditions that allow for 100 percent FIFO workforces. Read more >

MAV welcomes childcare report

MAV welcomes childcare report

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed the Productivity Commission (PC) report into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, which supports continued Commonwealth investment in preschool programs. Read more >

This month

Is bigger better

Australian local governments are facing amalgamations as a solution to economic insecurity. Read more >


Editorial

Death and taxes aside, there isn't much for Australians to be certain about in our current political climate. 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 editorial@lgfocus.com.au Read more >


Two decades of the Twilight Concerts

The City of Prospect is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the annual Twilight Concerts at Prospect Memorial Gardens. Read more >


What are we trying to fix - Presidents comment

February represents the commencement of a conversation with the State Government on voluntary amalgamations. Read more >


It is mostly marginal*

Section51 has been running workshops across Australia on the grants and funding system for a number of years. Read more >


Leading leisure centre

LeisureFit Booragoon has received a 100 percent perfect score following its assessment by the Royal Life Saving Society, receiving a Water Safety Centre of Excellence accreditation recognising outstanding safety and lifeguarding systems. Read more >


Commemoration of the Parramatta Native Institution

The Parramatta Native Institution is of significance to the Aboriginal community as for many it marked the severing of Aboriginal people from their culture and the separation of children from their families. Read more >


Concession cuts could be blocked

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has welcomed the announcement by the Liberal Opposition, Greens, Family First and Independents, that they will disallow any change to pensioner concessions on Council rates, in the Legislative Council. Read more >


Knighthood issue could change course of Australian history - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The decision by our Prime Minister to bestow Phil the Greek with a knighthood has served as a lightning rod. Read more >


FIFO in established resource communities has to stop

Isaac Regional Council Acting Mayor Dale Appleton said Isaac would not support any project that locks out local workers. Read more >


Clearing out chemicals

Primary producers in the Burdekin Shire Council are being urged to register for this year’s ChemClear program. Read more >


Bush Poetry

Willoughby City Council has hosted an evening of bush poetry, ballads and music by the campfire at the Henry Lawson Cave in Bicentennial Reserve, Willoughby. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from New South Wales

Councillor Gail Giles-Gidney, Mayor, Willoughby City Council, New South Wales Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Moonee Valley City Council, VIC

Mayor Narelle Sharpe, Moonee Valley City Council, Victoria Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Horsham Rural City Council, VIC

Mayor Mark Radford, Horsham Rural City Council, Victoria Read more >


Working hard to stay on top of mowing

Fraser Coast council staff will be rostered on Saturdays to get on top of the rapidly growing grass. Read more >


Recognising Council’s high achievers - This month from Queensland

Shelly Norton, Boulia Shire Council, Queensland Read more >


Energy efficiency on the agenda

The Circular Head Council will save about $5700 per year on lighting costs thanks to a change to LED lighting in Council’s offices. Read more >


Ipswich named in world’s Top 7 most intelligent communities

Ipswich has been named as one of the world’s Top 7 most Intelligent Communities for 2015 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in New York. Read more >


Charging ahead to recycle difficult items

Tweed residents have an easy way to recycle batteries, mobile phones, printer cartridges and other items that are difficult to recycle, with new disposal stations now installed at Council offices. Read more >


Tagged in sporting spotlight

Sunshine Coast Council has announced it has won the rights to host the 2015 Tag World Cup at Sunshine Coast Stadium. Read more >


Spreading Christmas cheer to fire affected community

The lead up to Christmas was already going to be tough for many farmers in the Benalla Rural City Council area before the devastating fires flared up in December. Read more >


Celebrating 200 years

2015 marks 200 years since the City of Penrith was established and the first government building was constructed. Read more >


Wharf Upgraded

An $850,000 upgrade to the Cooktown wharf in Cook Shire Council has begun with the replacement of decking panels. Read more >


ACT public housing going to those with greatest need

Canberra has topped the nation in a range of areas including new public housing tenancies going to those with the greatest need and support for people in public housing or those experiencing homelessness. Read more >


NBN welcomed in Orange

Orange Mayor Councillor John Davis has welcomed the announcement that Orange has been added to the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out. Read more >


Milk Bar Network Exchange

Monash Council has won a prestigious Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award for its ground-breaking Milk Bar Network Exchange program. Read more >