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Hobsons Bay welcomes 2015 Para World Sailing Championships

 Hobsons Bay welcomes 2015 Para World Sailing Championships Photo by Tim Wilkes

Hobsons Bay is hosting 140 world class sailors for the 2015 Para World Sailing Championships. Read more >

Victorian Local Government Sector generates surpluses

Victorian Local Government Sector generates surpluses

The Acting Victorian Auditor-General Dr Peter Frost tabled the Local Government: 2014–15 Audit Snapshot report yesterday, which found the sector has generated more than $900 million annually for the past five financial years. Read more >

MAV says no to violence

MAV says no to violence

From 25 November Victorian councils will show their support for the eradication of men’s violence against women. Read more >

Tasmanian Councils Financially Sustainable

Tasmanian Councils Financially Sustainable

Local Government Association Tasmania (LGAT) President, Mayor Doug Chipman, has welcomed the Auditor-General’s report on Local Government Authorities that was tabled in Parliament last week. Read more >

State of the assets

State of the assets

At the 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress Congress, the ALGA stated the need for a $300million Local Government Community Infrastructure Program. Read more >

Consulting the community on accessibility

Consulting the community on accessibility

Benalla Rural City is seeking members for an Accessibility Reference Group to help strengthen inclusion of people with a disability. Read more >

This month

Spraying it

Graffiti is an ongoing cost for local government, how can the bill be reduced? 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 Read more >

Bushfire season sparks up

As summer fast approaches, councils across Australia are reminding residents to remain bushfire ready. Read more >

Federation and Tax Reform Green Papers on the horizon

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Local Government Executives National Conference*

Plans are now underway for the fourth Local Government Executives (LGE) Conference – a popular forum established and run by Coffs Harbour City Council. The event will be held at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour from 2 – 4 March 2016. Read more >

Fix the funding first

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Seed library breaks new ground

Tweed Shire Council has officially launched the region’s first seed library, enabling residents to ‘borrow’ seeds to grow their own fruit, vegetables and other plants. Read more >

Fighting foxes

Fourteen councils across southern, inner and eastern Sydney have banded together to develop a regional approach to fox management. Read more >

Marching against domestic violence

On Sunday 11 October, 30 Queensland councils hosted simultaneous events to send a strong message against family violence. Read more >

Hollywood wins ‘pop up’ grant - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Last month the Turnbull Government announced that the new Alien and Thor movies will be filmed in New South Wales and/or Queensland. Read more >

A matter of independence

Christmas Island s an Australian external non-self-governing territory, but the question of independent governance continues to arise. Read more >

Minister endorses traineeships

Northern Territory Senator and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, visited Lismore City Council in September to meet with nine new Aboriginal trainees who started work earlier this year in waste, parks, water and roads. Read more >

Local government supports pokies reform

Australians spend more than $20 billion on gambling every year – and around $13 billion is squandered on pokies. Read more >

Stop, stay and spend

McKinlay Shire Council has developed and promoted a number of initiatives encouraging tourists to ‘stop, stay and spend’ in the area. Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Ku-ring-gai Council, New South Wales

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Councillor Profiles - This month from Griffith City Council, New South Wales

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Councils high achievers - This month from Flinders Council, Tasmania

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Councils high achievers - This month from Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, Tasmania

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Biking to eat

An initiative from Adelaide City Council celebrates cycling and supports local businesses. Read more >

Converting waste to energy

Contracts have been signed to build a $400 million waste to energy facility in Western Australia. Read more >

Plastic bags to stay

A local law designed to reduce plastic waste in the City of Fremantle has been blocked by the Legislative Council for the second time in three years. Read more >

Food for fines

Members of library branches across Moree Plains, Walgett, and Brewarrina Shire Councils are now able to repay their fines with food. Read more >

Fit for the Future?

After a grueling period of anticipation for the New South Wales local government sector, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) released its report on the sustainability of NSW councils on 20 October. Read more >