Indexation returns to financial assistance grants
Councils can breath again following the Australian Government’s budget announcement to restore indexation to Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) from 1 July 2017 as promised following a tough three-year freeze.
Flood recovery moves forward
Local Governments will now have the choice to use their own plant and equipment when rebuilding essential public assets damaged during the floods in February.
Regional rail upgrade on track
Victoria’s troubled regional rail network will receive a further upgrade over the next two years making a more frequent and reliable service a reality for regional centres.
Freeze the waste
In the face of rising energy prices and declining federal grants the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has asked the State Government to freeze the Solid Waste Levy in this year’s Budget.
Coast to coast
Two coastal councils on opposite ends of the country are working together to lead on climate change adaptation – in spite of federal funding uncertainty.
Inclusive festival earns innovation award
Banyule City Council has won the Gold Medal in the MAV National Local Government Innovation Awards for an inclusive festival designed to support people on the autism spectrum.
Sewing circle helps new migrants
A women’s arts and sewing circle facilitated by Orange City Council is helping recently-arrived migrants connect with the regional New South Wales community
Local government needs Gen Y
The New South Wales arm of Local Government Professionals Australia has warned that the local government sector is not attracting enough younger workers.
Minister Sinodinis seeks your collaboration - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
New federal Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos says he is going to make ‘collaboration’ the hallmark of his new portfolio. He has also recommitted the Turnbull Government to putting science and innovation at the centre of things. “I really want to nail this issue,” he said in his recent speech at the Press Club.
A framework for supporting migrants
At a recent symposium Welcoming Cities launched a public draft of their framework for cultural diversity and inclusion practices for local councils.
Educating on recycling
The City of Onkaparinga in South Australia is encouraging school children to learn more about recycling and waste minimisation.
Mayor tools up for men’s shed
The mayor of Coffs Harbour City Council put on her tool belt recently to celebrate the construction of a local men’s shed.
Well-deserved road safety gong
Baw Baw Shire Council in Victoria recently took home the local government category at the annual Australian Road Safety Foundation awards.
Keeping students connected
The City of Armadale in Western Australia is helping bridge the digital divide for 10 local high school students, by providing free internet access to assist with their educational aspirations.
Promoting the amazing south coast
Three member councils of the Lower Great Southern Economic Alliance in Western Australia have endorsed a new marketing and tourism strategy that promotes “The Amazing South Coast”.
Community leading the way in recycling
Residents of the Glenelg Shire in Victoria are taking charge of recycling and waste reduction at local events, and Council is now offering an additional recycling trailer to meet demands.
Keeping updated on capital works
Central Coast Council in New South Wales has launched an information tool to help residents keep up to date with Capital Works road projects happening in their area.
Bike and walk track in stunning surrounds
A 17.7 kilometre bicycle and walking trail that links Victorian towns Castlemaine and Maldon has been officially opened at a community celebration hosted by Mount Alexander Shire Council.
Landfill site becomes sporting hub
The City of Holdfast Bay in South Australia is converting a former landfill site into a vibrant sporting precinct, and community groups are just about to receive the keys.
City of Canada Bay in Sydney has completed its largest ever project – an innovative community centre and library service, which has been funded through developer contributions.
Walking trails celebrate heritage
A group of councils in Perth’s Western Suburbs are recognising the area’s traditional Nyoongar owners and have recently extended a network of important walking trails.
Recycling station on the cards
Mount Isa City Council in Queensland is moving ahead with plans to build a recycling transfer station, which will create jobs, increase sustainable practices and reduce operational costs.