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Stand for the mob

Stand for the mob Moree Plains Shire Council’s Director of Corporate Services Mitchell Johnson, Mayor Katrina Humphries and General Manager Lester Rodgers say diversity should be reflected in those elected to represent the interests of the community and encourage prospective candidates to come and ask questions about the roles and responsibilities of being a Councillor.

People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who are interested in Standing for the Mob at the local government elections are invited to come and yarn with Aboriginal Councillors from around NSW Read more >

Community feedback sought on digital innovation

Residents of the City of Parramatta are being encouraged to have their say on what kind of digital initiatives they would like to see in their local area.  

The Council has released its first Smart City survey, which has been designed as a benchmarking tool to gauge public interest in new services and to guide the ongoing development of the City of Parramatta’s Digital City and Smart City strategies.

City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said, “Creating a Smart City that improves access and liveability for residents and visitors is at the forefront of our plan to build Australia’s next great city.

“We want to hear from the community about what they would like Council to prioritise as part of our Smart City strategy.

“Among the questions we’re asking is ‘which new tech-services should be prioritised to make Parramatta more liveable?’ and ‘how could technology best enhance your city experience?’

“A Smart City is one that listens to its community and caters to their needs and what they would like to see achieved in their city. I encourage people to complete the survey and play their part in helping Parramatta become a globally recognised Smart City.”

Survey responses will be received for a period of approximately two months and the results will be used to develop the City’s annual Smart City Smart People report to guide future planning and to scope public perception of the City’s capacity to be transformed into a place of major trade and innovation.

Preventing family violence as a community

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has today released three reports on the impact of family violence on the local community and how the system responds to this serious issue.

The ACT Government welcomes the recommendations contained within the reports which contribute towards a whole of government and service provider response to prevent family violence.

The Government has announced that it will deliver a comprehensive whole-of-government family violence package in the 2016-17 Budget to ‘ensure as a community we keep our families safe’.

Family violence is a national issue and governments across the country are united in their commitment to change. The ACT Government has made significant investments to address family violence and now has a clear direction for local change as a result of these reports. Support for the National Campaign on Violence Against Women and Children has already resulted in strengthened laws to better protect vulnerable domestic violence victims.

Attorney-General Simon Corbell said, “These reports are detailed and raise complex issues so it is appropriate for the ACT Government to consider these reports together, rather than each in isolation, so that we can have a holistic response to the issues that they raise.”

“The reports all examine critical aspects of the ACT Government’s family violence service system and the best approach for change to meet the needs of victims and their families while holding perpetrators to account.

“A common theme is a need for greater information sharing and a more collaborative response to family violence, so the Government will address these reports together, not in isolation, to ensure action is taken early.

“We must keep Canberra families safe, it is our community responsibility. The ACT Government will continue to work in partnership with the community to help bring about change for those experiencing family violence and ensure the right services are available.”

The reports are available online at:

PM under pressure over amalgamations

PM under pressure over amalgamations Campaigners outside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's office earlier today. Photo via Save Our Councils Coalition.

As the fall out from New South Wales council amalgamations continues, it might prove a bit too close to home for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Read more >

Floodplain conference brings key stakeholders together

Floodplain conference brings key stakeholders together Ian Dinham, President, Floodplain Management Australia Hon David Elliott MP, NSW Minister for Corrections, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Veterans Affairs Danny Rose, Floodplain Management Australia Technical Director.

The 56th Floodplain Management Australia Conference opened today in Nowra, New South Wales. Read more >

Councils raise the rainbow flag

Councils raise the rainbow flag The Mitchell Shire Council flag raising ceremony. The Council's Facebook post promoting the event has been their most successful ever, gaining nearly 16,000 views.

To show support for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), held annually on 17 May, councils across the country are hoisting rainbow flags above their buildings. Read more >

This month

Australian sprawl

Australian cities are booming; how can we ensure outer suburbs don’t get left behind? Read more >


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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 [email protected] Read more >

Council quick to act after devastating fire

Last month, a fire damaged a popular arts studio for people with a disability, but Hornsby Shire Council was ready to help. Read more >

Fixing main street tax loopholes

Inner Sydney’s Leichhardt Council is proposing changes to the tax system that would encourage landlords to keep commercial properties tenanted. Read more >

Local government’s election plan for an innovative and prosperous Australia

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International flights a game-changer for Canberra Region

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Defibrillators for sportsgrounds

Blacktown City Council has become the first council in New South Wales to place a defibrillator in every sporting venue across the council area. Read more >

Encouraging young women in local government

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Victorian chapter held its annual conference in April, broaching questions on how to best attract younger women to local government. Read more >

Hay bales go viral

The inaugural Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge stoked creativity in the regional New South Wales area and attracted impressive exposure across the web. Read more >

Incubating social entrepreneurs

In an Australian first, Adelaide City Council is calling for entrepreneurial residents to join its Social Ventures Incubator Program. Read more >

Get ahead of employee health and safety at the fifth Safety in Action Perth Show*

On the 1st and 2nd of June, 2016, The Safety in Action Show will return to Perth for the fifth time. It’s the only workplace safety event in Western Australia with a focus on the entire safety industry. Read more >

The Federal Budget is no economic plan - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

I had dinner with friends in Melbourne recently when the discussion turned to what we’d like our nation to look like in 20 years’ time. Read more >

Supporting vulnerable community members

Brimbank City Council in Victoria has received $200,000 in funding towards a project helping young people who have been through the justice system. Read more >

Going electric

In a bid to cut carbon emissions, Whitehorse City Council in Victoria recently added four electric vehicles (EVs) to its fleet. Read more >

Doctors fly into town

Dubbo City Council in regional New South Wales will welcome a new multi-million dollar facility for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor Sherron MacKenzie, District Council of Streaky Bay, South Australia

Mayor Sherron MacKenzie had worked in various mining towns across Australia, before settling down in South Australia's Streaky Bay and becoming involved in community life. Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor Bob Sloane, The Barossa Council , South Australia

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Art captures stories of country

Aurukun Shire Council in northern Queensland recently hosted painting and weaving workshops for local women, with stunning results. Read more >

Protecting local streams

The City of Armadale in Western Australia is assisting landowners to better care for their waterways. Read more >

Supporting active mums

Noosa Shire Council is hosting a program aimed at supporting post-natal mothers to stay active. Read more >

Showing the way for all abilities

Benalla Rural City will soon launch a mobility and access map, highlighting facilities and paths accessible to people of all abilities. Read more >

Interpreting the land

The Budj Bim landscape, located in Victoria’s Glenelg Shire, has received funding to attract international tourism. Read more >

Easy being green

Isaac Regional Council in Queensland is using efficient irrigation to keep turf green with recycled water in Moranbah. Read more >

Housing intervention

City of Ryde Council in Sydney has adopted an Affordable Housing Policy that aims to alleviate the burgeoning housing affordability crisis. Read more >

Friendliest neighbours rewarded

The City of Melville in Perth has honoured its friendliest residents. Read more >

Coastal path becoming infrastructure showpiece

Newcastle’s revamped Bathers Way path “could rival Sydney’s Bondi to Bronte Walk and Victoria’s Great Ocean Road,” according to the Lord Mayor. Read more >

Expansion plans for library receive boost

Tweed Shire Council has welcomed State funding for a project to redesign and expand the Tweed Heads Library. Read more >

Honouring Indigenous diggers

Mildura Rural City Council in Victoria has long been pushing for a war memorial to specifically honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers, and it looks finally set to become a reality. Read more >

Disability services centre to boost local economy

Redland City Council in Queensland is transforming underutilised Council-owned land into a multi-million dollar community and disability services centre. Read more >

Understanding ageing

The City of Albany in Western Australia has hosted the first regional meeting of the Age-Friendly Communities Network. Read more >

Controlling asbestos dangers

Cessnock City Council is utilising an online reporting tool to track asbestos within the area. Read more >

More than rates and rubbish

Hobsons Bay City Council in Victoria is undertaking a 100-day campaign to highlight 100 services it provides to its community. Read more >