Murray Darling Basin plans will hurt Queensland communities
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) have united in their calls for communities to have their say on water buybacks as proposed in the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) Northern Basin Review.
Parties come together to end all forced mergers
At the Save Our Councils Coalition rally on Sunday, all the major opposition parties committed to put party politics aside to help the new Berejiklian government quickly reverse all forced council mergers.
Darebin Cr Ross appointment invalid
Councillor Coral Ross will not be eligible to accept Darebin City Council’s decision to appoint her as their Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) delegate.
NSW could undo council amalgamations
The newly installed Berejiklian Government could choose to drop pending council amalgamations and undo those that have already gone ahead across New South Wales.
MAV top job back in site for Cr Ross
Interim President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), Councillor Coral Ross, may have a shot at retaining the top position at the association, after another council has made the unusual move of backing her as their delegate.
Fresh Premier fresh start in NSW
The local government sector has welcomed New South Wales’ (NSW) new Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and described her commitment to listen to communities as a “fresh new start” for the state.
ALGA continues pressure to reverse FAG freeze
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has continued to advocate for the restoration of the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) in this year’s Federal Budget.
Local communities will benefit from new jobs program
The Palaszczuk Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland program will deliver a shot in the arm for regional communities in need of healthy jobs growth, according to the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).
Music video helps residents prepare
The Banana Shire in Queensland has run a successful community engagement program to prepare residents for natural disaster – which included filming an educational music video.
Automated meters save water and money
Federation Council recently completed a water meter replacement and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) project, which is already having a positive impact on the local community.
Working on a tree change
The City of Stirling in Western Australia is working to ensure significant tree canopy is maintained across the expanding city.
Creating healthy workplaces
A comprehensive workplace health and wellbeing program at the Shire of Northam in Western Australia has led to a reduction in staff turnover and dramatically improved morale.
Council pushes back against Federal NBN policy
Following the discovery that the West Coast was to receive satellite-only NBN, West Coast Council led a community campaign requesting the NBN Co and the Government reconsider the options available to the area.
Large-scale solar powers ahead
Sunshine Coast Council is taking control of its own electricity supply with construction of its purpose built solar farm on track to open in 2017.
No doubt many of us breathed a sigh of relief as we flicked our calendars over and ushered in the New Year. Local Government had an eventful 2016 to say the least, with council amalgamations and elections breaching national headlines throughout much of the year.
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Healthy highways tackles health crisis
The Coorong District Council has taken an innovative and unique approach to tackling the national obesity crisis, with the launch of its new healthy meal program – Coorong Healthy Highways (CHH).