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Council funding to support disability infrastructure

Council funding to support disability infrastructure

Local Governments in Western Australia will be able to apply for funding to support new infrastructure designed to assist people with a disability. Read more >

Round two of the National Stronger Regions Fund open

Round two of the National Stronger Regions Fund open Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss speaking at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly in June, 2014

Local councils and incorporated not-for-profit organisations can now apply for funding of between $20,000 and $10 million for capital infrastructure projects under Round Two of the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund. Read more >

Council calls heeded in WA state budget

Council calls heeded in WA state budget WALGA President Mayor Troy Pickard.

The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) has announced it believes that local governments have been spared some of the more serious consequences of the State’s grim economic position and validates the sector’s ongoing advocacy for a fairer deal. Read more >

Pensioner concessions covered

Pensioner concessions covered

The Local Government Association of South Australia's (LGASA) campaign to protect South Australia's pensioners from bill shock, has had a winning outcome with the State Government announcing it would cover pensioner concessions on Council rates. Read more >

LGANT welcomes $33.2 million of funding

LGANT welcomes $33.2 million of funding LGANT President Damien Ryan

LGANT President Damien Ryan has welcomed the $33.2 million of untied federal funding for local government in the Northern Territory as part of the fourth quarterly round of payments under the Financial Assistance Grants programme. Read more >

Pushing the button on problem gambling

Pushing the button on problem gambling

With an average of $662 lost to pokies per person in Hobsons Bay each year, Council is taking action on problem gambling. Read more >

This month

What cost pokies?

Councils are looking to have a greater say in where electronic gaming machines (EGM) are placed in their communities, with recent research suggesting that the tests used to determine licenses approved are poorly defined. Read more >


Editorial

In response to Australia’s ageing population, the federal government has undergone a major restructuring of its aged-care home-support program. 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 editorial@lgfocus.com.au Read more >


Stand against domestic violence

Blue Mountains City Council took a different approach to voting on a council motion at its recent meeting. Read more >


Tasmanian councils discuss reform

Mayors and general managers from Northern Midlands, West Tamar and Meander Valley Councils met on 1 April to discuss Local Government reform, having had individual discussions regarding voluntary amalgamations and resource sharing with Tasmanian Treasurer and Minister for Planning and Local Government Peter Gutwein in February. Read more >


COAG Leaders Retreat adds momentum to Federation debate

The decision by COAG at its meeting on 17 April to agree to a Leaders Retreat in July to consider Federation and Taxation reform signals the commitment of all parties to look seriously at options for reform in how services are delivered with the objective of improving outcomes for all Australians. Read more >


Canberra Region tells a story - Presidents comment

Canberra and South East New South Wales have a unique relationship due to our geographic proximity and shared vision for our region. Read more >


Cyclone shelter planned

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says plans are underway to build a cyclone shelter at Warruwi in the wake of two evacuations since February. Read more >


Boost to regions water security

Deputy Premier of New South Wales and Regional Infrastructure minister Troy Grant, State Water Minister Kevin Humphries and Member for Orange Andrew Gee have announced $38 million in funding to build two new water pipelines in central west New South Wales. Read more >


Darebin councillor wins McArthur Fellowship

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has announced that Darebin City councillor Bo Li has been awarded the McArthur Local Government Fellowship. Read more >


Opportunity for local expertise for Inland Rail tenders

The Vice Chair of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance (MBIRA) and Moree Plains Shire Council’s Deputy Mayor Councillor Sue Price is excited that the first round of tenders has opened as part of the planning for the key segments of the Narrabri to North Star and Parkes to Narromine sections of the Inland Rail project. Read more >


Innovation in Procurement and Economic Development*

Did you know that your Council may be part of a multi-award winning initiative that is leading the way in procurement reform and simplification? In fact, it's won a lot of awards, and leap frogged corporate and other levels of government as leaders in best practice and innovation. Find out why and how the latest release is now helping local economic development. Read more >


Strengthening your regional voice - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

It’s a common lament from councillors that you need to be in a marginal seat to get any political traction. Read more >


Council welcomes shared–user pathway funding

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has welcomed a funding announcement by Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock that will allow construction of two shared–user pathways in the south of the City. Read more >


Cultural precinct named Bunjil Place

Bunjil Place has been revealed as the official name of the Casey Cultural Precinct. Read more >


ALGWA Pathways to Success 2015

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) is inviting attendees to book now for its 2015 Pathways to Success conference taking place in the Central Victorian township of Seymour. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Whitsunday Regional Council, QLD

Mayor Jennifer Whitney, Whitsunday Regional Council, Queensland Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Goondiwindi Regional Council, QLD

Mayor Graeme Scheu, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland Read more >


Coastal adaptation group

The Peron Naturaliste Partnership (PNP), of which the City of Busselton is a member, has won an Australian Coastal Award for Climate Adaptation at the 2015 Australian Coastal Council’s Conference. Read more >


Crisis housing under new management

A homelessness accommodation and support service in Maranoa will remain open after a solution for the service’s future was brokered between the Queensland Government and Maranoa Regional Council. Read more >


Celebrating the environment through art

Sunshine Coast Council has announced a brand new environment award in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, offering a cash prize of $10,000. Read more >


Year 3 students get a taste of Local Government

Students from Ben Venue Public School were given a glimpse into the world of Local Government with a tour of Armidale Dumaresq Council facilities. Read more >


Council supports lease extension for Bli Bli land

Sunshine Coast Council has agreed to enter into a 30 year trustee lease and provide a letter of support to the Descendants of Australian South Sea Islanders Inc. over a parcel of land located at David Low Way, Bli Bli. Read more >


Combating ice use

Moorabool Shire Council is teaming up with local healthcare providers, police and other levels of government to play its role in tackling the problem of ice use in Moorabool. Read more >