$2.7 billion surplus yet
communities still losing out
Achieving the Budget surplus has
come at a cost, not the least for Councils and the communities they
serve. According to Councillor John Campbell, President of the
Australian Local Government Association, the failure of the 1998
Budget to reverse last year's cuts to Local Government funding will
mean ongoing reductions in services to local communities.
The Australian Local
Government Association (ALGA) is rightly concerned that, in spite of
the 1998 Budget delivering a $2.7 billion surplus, reductions in
Local Government funding have not been restored. Cuts across the
board, impacting on all sectors of the community, may be justified on
the basis of needing to 'get back in the black', but for them to
continue in light of a hefty surplus is open to challenge.
Graffiti free City
other community organisations, including Neighbourhood Watch, the
local Police and Transit Police, South Australia's City of Marion has
embarked on a campaign to reduce the incidence of unsightly
Kempsey's CivicView has wide
application for LG
Kempsey Shire Council in NSW, with a
reputation for an excellent working knowledge of the application of
geographic information systems in a Local Government framework, has
recently launched a new software package called CivicView. The
technology has evolved from mapping into a complete package using a
Katherine thanks Councils for their
Katherine Mayor, Jim Forscutt has thanked Councils around
Australia for their support following devastating floods in
January. Support came in the form of offers of plant and
equipment, direct donations and donations raised through a special
fund set up by the Australian Local Government Association.
Communities working together
the recent National Reconciliation Week, Alice Springs Public Library
aided the cause by displaying a range of information, resources and
other material to generate a greater understanding of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Towards Year 2000 compliance
Governments, industry and private companies across the globe have
been looking into the effect the Year 2000 date change problem will
have. While the Year 2000 date change problem is raising different
issues for corporate business, government, smaller enterprises and
the general community, there is a single common thread that affects
everyone. Time is running out!
Showgrounds complex hosts year round
A joint project between Crow's Nest Shire Council and
Crow's Nest Agricultural Society will result in better facilities for
the Agricultural Society and local community.
Helping business get on with the job
Governments at all levels across Australia are making it easier for
small and medium-sized businesses to obtain helpful information, and
reduce the amount of paperwork and the cost of dealing with
government. Recent initiatives implemented by governments in the ACT,
Tasmania and Victoria are making it easier for business to get the
information they need, leaving them free to get on with the job.
Customs and super information in
BizLink can now help Australian Businesses with more
information on Customs and on superannuation. Two new modules on
these topics were released in March 1998. If you subscribe to
BizLink, you don't have to ring, you don't have to visit, the
information you need is on your computer.