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Rate capping claims are "disingenuous"

Rate capping claims are LGA President Lorraine Rosenberg

South Australia’s Minister for Local Government has today used the local daily newspaper to allege that councils “have been gouging ratepayers.” Read more >

ALGWA complaint for unfair reporting upheld

ALGWA complaint for unfair reporting upheld

The Australian journalist’s union, the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance (MEAA) has found a Melbourne journalist breached the union’s code of ethics in his reporting of events relating to the sexual harassment claims against former Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. Read more >

City ditches recycling as prices surge

Ipswich City Council has announced that from now, all contents from yellow lid recycle bins will be sent to landfill.

Ipswich Mayor, Andrew Antoniolli, said Ipswich was the latest domino to be affected by a nationwide issue – one which required a three-tier government solution.

Eventually, all councils would be impacted by the viability of recycling household waste, Mayor Antoniolli said.

Recycling contractors notified council that the cost to council would skyrocket if recycling was to continue.

The increase in the order of $2 million per annum could potentially equate to a 1.5%-2% rate rise.

In addition, the current contamination levels in the city’s recycling is unacceptably high. About half of everything collected from yellow lid bins is not able to be recycled.

For recycling to continue, the City needs to reduce the amount of pizza boxes, food waste, plastic bags, disposable nappies, grass clippings and garden waste, broken plates, coat hangers, light bulbs, dirty tissues and serviettes, and foam packaging put in the recycle bin.

“As a city, we need to move forward,” Cr Antoniolli said.

“We want to become a leader in the waste-to-energy space, which will in the medium to long-term provide us with an environmentally-friendly energy source, jobs and a better economic outcome for Ipswich.

“We’ve actually been looking at waste as an energy source for some time, and this gives us the ideal opportunity to be ahead of the game in that space.

The City is set to embark on a revolutionary program which takes waste management into the next decade and beyond.

By mid-year, council will call tenders to bid on waste-to-energy projects which will enable a portion of the city’s energy to be environmentally-friendly.

“While it is fair to say the national recycling system broke sooner than we expected, Ipswich has been looking to the future. We’re making sure we tackle this issue head on.

“I have spoken personally to the minister on this issue, and made it clear that we’ve been backed into a corner on recycling.”

In the meantime, council has not given up on looking for recycling solutions.

The Games are over but the benefits continue to flow

The Games are over but the benefits continue to flow The Queen’s Baton carried by Aunty Rose Borey, a Quandamooka Traditional Owner and respected Elder (foreground) with Mayor Karen Williams (behind) on North Stradbroke Island.

Redland City Council’s advocacy for opportunities with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games has paid off, with a swathe of short and long term benefits already flowing to the region. Read more >

What a mess

What a mess

Councils around the country are struggling to keep their heads above the growing mountains of recyclable rubbish accumulating in the wake of China’s National Sword policy. Read more >

The ashes of democracy

The ashes of democracy Councillors Kathie Collins OAM, Brad Bunting, Kevin Gillies, Mayor Stephen Bali MP, and Councillors Julie Griffiths and Moninder Singh symbolically cremate the last DA to be decided by councillors in Blacktown.

Blacktown City Council held a ceremonial cremation last month of the last development application to be voted on by its councillors. Read more >

This month

What a mess

Councils around the country are struggling to keep their heads above the growing mountains of recyclable rubbish accumulating in the wake of China’s National Sword policy. Read more >


Editorial

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The ashes of democracy

Blacktown City Council held a ceremonial cremation last month of the last development application to be voted on by its councillors. Read more >


Antelco launches ReuZitTM*

Antelco a world leading Australian manufacturer of micro irrigation products has launched the ReuZitTM range of products specifically for the domestic and small commercial waste water and non-potable rain water market. Read more >


Looking beyond 2018: Reviewing the Local Government Act 1989 - President’s comment

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Contact centre rings up national award

The Contact Centre team of Northern Australian Services, in an innovative partnership with Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, has been named Best in its Class in Australia. Read more >


Reconciliation plan endorsed

The City of Cockburn, Western Australia (WA), has adopted its third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), progressing its commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to help them achieve equality in all aspects of life. Read more >


Improving protection for local women

Randwick City Council will provide financial assistance to a local domestic violence support agency for the next five years. Read more >


Ten gigabit Adelaide is here

City of Adelaide has announced the first buildings being connected to Ten Gigabit Adelaide. Read more >


Community-led local government*

The 2018 Future of Local Government National Summit will celebrate the local, exploring who is leading the (new) way and how they’re doing it. Read more >


Regional tourism growth is not universal - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The tourism industry spends a lot of time talking things up, but the sad fact is that tourism numbers are falling in quite a few regions. Read more >


Addressing youth unemployment

The City of Ryde, New South Wales, will investigate opportunities to do more to assist young members of the community find more employment opportunities. Read more >


A case for partnership*

May and June are important months for all those involved in Local Government. Read more >


Councillor profiles - Roxanne Kenny President of MacDonnell Regional Council

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Councillor profiles - Adrian Dixon Shire President of Central Desert Regional Council

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Taking sugary drinks off the menu

Eight Victorian councils are teaming up with health promotion foundation VicHealth to give sugary drinks the flick and promote water as the drink of choice at local sport and recreation centres. Read more >


Making the data work for you*

The City of Monash has chosen the Local Government Software Solutions (LGSS) Corporate Performance Indicator Module (CPI) to help turn their data into usable information for monitoring, reporting and improving performance. Read more >


Growers become export ready

Burdekin Shire Council, Queensland, will hold an export forum in Ayr next month aiming to get local growers thinking about opportunities to export their produce into lucrative international markets. Read more >


Surf Pro gets green light

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Council has approved the Gracetown surf break, North Point for the 2018 Margaret River Pro for the third consecutive year. Read more >