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Council calls for regional rate cap review

Council calls for regional rate cap review

Colac Otway Shire Council has called on the State Government to recognise the needs of rural Victorians by applying a different rate capping model to country and city councils. Read more >

Book sale promotes indigenous literacy

Book sale promotes indigenous literacy

Hobson's Bay will host a book sale to support indigenous literacy. Read more >

Roads to the future

Roads to the future

The LGASA's Roads and Works Conference is underway in South Australia. Read more >

LGAT disappointed in Code of Conduct debate

LGAT disappointed in Code of Conduct debate

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has criticised the debate on the Code of Conduct Bill in the Legislative Council. Read more >

Marrickville Mayor slams government cost-shifting

Marrickville Mayor slams government cost-shifting

Government cost-shifting has become a significant burden for local councils says Marrickville Mayor Mark Gardiner. Read more >

Surf Coast mayor backs anti-gas response

Surf Coast mayor backs anti-gas response

Surf Coast Shire Council has praised community advocacy supporting an ongoing ban on the unconventional gas industry in Victoria. Read more >

This month

Taxing time

Taxation and the distribution of funding in Australia could drastically change depending on the outcome of the Tax White Paper, currently being developed in allignment with the Reform of the Federation White Paper. Read more >


Editorial

I started work at LG Focus in February 2014 right after I graduated from university. 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 >


Knowing the facts about ice

Renmark Paringa Council collaborated with Riverland Regional Health Service, South Australia Police, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia and ABC Riverland to hold a forum in July called ‘Knowing the facts about ICE’. Read more >


Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with COAG Leaders to address inter-governmental challenges

Last month I attended what was a very important and historic COAG Leaders’ Retreat which provided the opportunity for full and frank discussions between leaders from all jurisdictions on reform of the Federation with the purpose of delivering better quality services across Australia. Read more >


Physical activity decline a growing concern for councils - Presidents comment

Western Australia Local Government Association President Lynne Craigie Read more >


Planning for a better deal

The Association of Mining Related Councils (AMRC) has been working with the Department of Planning and Environment to help councils get a better deal for their communities. Read more >


Keeping rates low

Victorian councils have kept the average rate increase to a 10-year low of 3.8 percent, or $67, The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has announced. Read more >


Toddlers help launch My First Library Card

More than 80 babies, toddlers and parents attended a teddy bears’ picnic to celebrate the launch of Sunshine Coast Council’s My First Library Card at Kawana Library. Read more >


Recycling boosted by 50 percent

The City of Monash has installed a $79,200 state-of-the-art cardboard compactor at the Monash Waste Transfer and Recycling Station to make recycling easier. Read more >


New innovative products for telling stories and delivering information*

Deep Creek Digital (DCD) specialises in telling stories in places that people gather, from aquariums to zoos. We supply very advanced multimedia products for parks and gardens, visitor centres and heritage sites. Read more >


Sharing ideas across borders - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Last month my wife and I headed to the UK for some family stuff, to attend a conference and to escape the Canberra winter. Read more >


Alliance to strengthen communities

Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hawkesbury Councils have taken the next step in exploring a strategic alliance that aims to support regional cooperation. Read more >


Councils rewarded for excellence

A project described as transformational for a small regional community has taken out one of the top awards at the 2015 Local Government Awards for Excellence, announced at the 2015 Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) Annual Conference in Launceston. Read more >


Make local government meetings more productive*

The word communication in its original Latin form means ‘to share’. Read more >


Councillor Profiles - This month from City of Stirling, WA

Councillor Giovanni Italiano, Mayor, City of Stirling, Western Australia Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Shire of Harvey, WA

Councillor Tania Jackson, President, Shire of Harvey, Western Australia Read more >


NAIDOC Week with Sean Choolburra

A coconut-water fuelled comedian arrived in the Wellesley Islands for Mornington Shire Council NAIDOC celebrations; encouraging residents to laugh their guts out and keep Gununa culture strong. Read more >


Freeman of City honoured by library

The City of Rockingham’s Mary Davies Library and Community Facility has reported a successful first year of operation. Read more >


Councils high achievers - This month from City of Burnside, SA

Paul Deb, CEO, City of Burnside, South Australia Read more >


Solar street and pathway lighting a reliable alternative*

In the past, solar lighting was expensive, complicated, and unreliable, especially on cloudy days. In 2011, the team at Green Frog Systems Australia won a federal contract to design from scratch a new solar lighting product range that has since gained enormous popularity in councils across Australia. Read more >


Councils high achievers - This month from District Council of the Copper Coast, SA

Future Planning Executive Team, District Council of the Copper Coast, South Australia Read more >