April 2017 Edition

Breaking News

  • 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.
  • Victorian budget welcomed by councils
    Yesterday’s State Budget has been mostly well received by Victorian councils although there were a few sticking points.
  • 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.
  • Peak organisations support good debt
    The federal government should not shy away from borrowing for public infrastructure investment
  • Councils want to light up Queensland
    The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has put in a bid to buy the state’s street lighting network.
  • 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.
  • Australia celebrates gold and silver anniversaries
    This year’s National Reconciliation Week means it’s celebration time all round the country with the Prime Minister making a generous contribution to the party fund.

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