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Regional Councils join forces

Regional Councils join forces Armidale Dumaresq Council is a member of the new group.

Several councils in regional New South Wales have established a new collaborative group, the New England Group of Councils (NEGOC). Read more >

WALGA supports mining rates policy

WALGA supports mining rates policy

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has welcomed the decision that a rating process for mining land that has been on trial since 2012 will become permanent. Read more >

Ticker tape day for Bendigo says Mayor

Ticker tape day for Bendigo says Mayor

Bendigo-based Thales Australia has won a $1.3 billion manufacturing contract. Read more >

Queensland councils rally against domestic violence

Queensland councils rally against domestic violence

Queensland councils will unite this weekend to send a powerful anti-domestic violence message. Read more >

City of Melbourne gets smart

City of Melbourne gets smart

The City of Melbourne has appointed a Chief Digital Officer, the first such position in Victorian local government. Read more >

Council joins campaign to restore Federal funding

Council joins campaign to restore Federal funding

Nillumbik will join an advocacy campaign to lobby the Federal Government to restore the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants. Read more >

This month

Behaving badly

It is estimated workplace bullying costs the Australian economy billions of dollars per year, and local government is not immune to toxic workplace conditions. Read more >


I am not a person who is frightened very easily. In fact, after working in a couple of closed wards in a Mental Health facility (that’s what they were known as then) I learnt not to show fear, even when I felt it. Read more >

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 >

East Arnhem collects Latitude 12 dividend

Latitude 12 – a body established to help strengthen regional organisations – has granted East Arnhem Regional Council a dividend payment of $600,000. Read more >

Local Government IT Conference 2015*

Coffs Harbour City Council is organising its 18th annual Information Technology Conference for Local Government from 17–20 November 2015. Read more >

Reform focus turns to tax

The recent meeting of the Council on Federal Financial Relations in Canberra has put a focus on tax reform and the opportunities for more efficient and sustainable revenue arrangements to address the growing challenges and financial pressures facing all governments, including local government. Read more >

White paper process - Presidents comment

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my role as Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) National Board President, after being sworn in at our LGMA Congress and Business Expo, held in Darwin in May 2015. Part of my role is to increase awareness amongst the sector about LGMA’s role, and how practitioners can become more involved in both their state and national activities. Read more >

Action on reconciliation

The City of Greater Bendigo has announced new steps toward Indigenous reconciliation. Read more >

Irresponsible disposal both costly and harmful*

Increased scrutiny from consumers and the wider community means responsible waste disposal and good farm environmental management practices are more important than ever if farmers are to maintain consumer confidence. Read more >

Pilot project promotes pop-up performances

Culture will bloom in some unlikely places this spring with a new initiative by the City of Sydney making it easier for artists to transform spaces into temporary performance venues. Read more >

LGE2016 – Local Government Executives National Conference*

Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour, 2–4 March 2016. Read more >

Breaking the grass ceiling

Bayside Council – in partnership with the Bayside Leader – has launched a campaign to improve conditions for female players on the sporting field. Read more >

Airport terminal opened

In May, the City of Busselton formally opened the new terminal and upgraded passenger lounge at the Busselton Regional Airport. Read more >

Program provides a sporting chance

The City of Joondalup has partnered with Inclusion WA to build a more inclusive and welcoming sporting culture for residents. Read more >

Councillor Profiles - This month from Yarra Ranges Council, VIC

Councillor Maria McCarthy, Mayor, Yarra Ranges Council, Victoria Read more >

Councillor Profiles - This month from Moyne Shire Council, VIC

Councillor Colin Ryan, Mayor, Moyne Shire Council, Victoria Read more >

Recycling sunshine saves facility thousands

New solar panels at Cowra Council’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) is a way of re-using sunshine at a facility that already has a 90 percent recycling rate, Waste Operations Supervisor, Craig Lynch said. Read more >

The CEO I will always admire

By Dalal Smiley I am very fortunate to have worked under the leadership of a unique Chief Executive Officer for a period of six years. Throughout this time I grew professionally and personally and learnt from his amazing example and true stewardship. What were the qualities that made him such an inspirational and effective CEO? Here is a list: Read more >

Rezoning for jobs

In a bid to stimulate local economic growth, The Hills Shire Council intends to rezone its North Rocks Employment Precinct. Read more >

Councils high achievers - This month from Shire of Laverton, WA

Patrick Hill, Councillor, Shire of Laverton, Western Australia Read more >

Councils high achievers - This month from South Perth Parks, WA

Maintenance Team, South Perth Parks, Western Australia Read more >