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Don't leave our libraries in the dark says LGNSW

Don't leave our libraries in the dark says LGNSW

Public libraries are well overdue for a fairer funding model from the State, according to Local Government NSW (LGNSW). Read more >

Plight of the pensioners

Plight of the pensioners

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has launched a statewide petition calling on the South Australian Parliament to commit to maintain and index concessions on Council rates. Read more >

Ratepayers reject amalgamation

Ratepayers reject amalgamation

The people of a major northern Sydney council have emphatically rejected plans for forced amalgamation of councils. Read more >

Queensland councils praise Reef protection plan

Queensland councils praise Reef protection plan

Queensland councils have welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's announcement of the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan. Read more >

Mining related councils get pre-election pitches

Mining related councils get pre-election pitches Association of Mining Related Councils Chair, Cr. Peter Shinton, flanked by Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon. Anthony Roberts and the Hon. Mick Veitch MLC, who has a range of rural and regional portfolios in the Shadow Ministry.

The Association of Mining Related Councils (AMRC) in Sydney has heard from both, the Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon. Anthony Roberts and Shadow Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services; Regional and Rural Affairs, and Western NSW, the Hon. Mick Veitch MLC at a meeting prior to the NSW State election. Read more >

Harmony Day 2015

Harmony Day 2015

Councils across Australia are celebrating the 15th annual Harmony Day this Saturday, March 21 2015. Read more >

This month

Averting disaster

The challenge of supporting and repairing communities after natural disasters is one that many local governments across Australia have to face. Read more >


Last month’s Local Government Focus (February 2015) featured a front-page story on the subject of amalgamations. 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 >

Australia's first nationally heritage listed city

Broken Hill’s outstanding significance to the nation for its role in creating enormous wealth, its enduring and continuing mining, importance to industrial relations and unionism, community resilience and ingenuity as well as its mining and outback landscape has been recognised though a city wide heritage listing. Read more >

Major rail investment

Rail Freight Alliance Chair, Councillor Mark Byatt welcomed the multimillion-dollar commitment from the Victoria State Government to upgrades of the Mildura rail network. Read more >

Final Federation Reform Issues Paper asks the big questions

The fifth and final Issues Paper to be prepared as part of the Reform of the Federation White Paper process, COAG and Federal Financial Relations was released in February. Read more >

Politics: a fragile state of affairs - President’s comment

Over the past three years, I have regularly commented on the fragility of the political process in Australia and just how hard it is to be successful at all levels of government. Read more >

Council achieves 5 Green Star rating

Wollongong City Council’s Administration Building in Burelli Street has become the first building in Australia to achieve a 5 Star Green Star Performance rating, signifying ‘Australian Excellence’. Read more >

Construction underway on sewerage network

Work on the construction of a sewerage network for the industrial land development adjoining the Armidale Regional Airport is well underway. Read more >

Inaugural conference

The inaugural conference of the Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (CQROC) was recently held in Emerald with great success. Read more >

Agreement to build healthy partnership

Improved health and wellbeing within the community is the core aim under a formalised agreement between Cairns Regional Council (CRC) and the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS). Read more >

2015 Heart Foundation Local Government Awards*

The Heart Foundation Local Government Awards recognise and showcase councils who are working to improve heart health through building a sense of community, encouraging people to be physically active, be smoke-free and make healthy food choices. Read more >

The new approach to Indigenous advancement - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

There is only one federal indigenous agenda these days – the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. Read more >

Bringing swimming back to the river

A new initiative launched by the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG), Our Living River, is on a mission to bring back swimming to the entire Parramatta River by 2025. Read more >

Regional capitals under microscope

Australia’s regional capitals will soon be put under the microscope, after the Senate announced an Inquiry into the growth and economic potential of regional capitals. Read more >

Where is the community fund?

Interface Councils has called on the Labor Government to follow through on its election commitment for a dedicated fund that would support community infrastructure and get young people living in Melbourne’s outer suburbs moving. Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from District Council of Mount Barker, SA

Mayor Ann Ferguson OAM District Council of Mount Barker, South Australia Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from City of Burnside, SA

Mayor David Parkin, City of Burnside, South Australia Read more >

Council adopts fit for future initiative

The City of Ryde has endorsed the implementation of a range of actions to proactively respond to the Minister for Local Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ initiative. Read more >

Cashing in on events

Sunshine Coast businesses are making the most of their opportunity to capitalise on the region’s reputation as a leading destination for major events. Read more >

Searching for Gallipoli connections

Murwillumbah’s Returned Services League sub branch is searching for Tweed residents who have relatives involved in the Gallipoli landing, for a special centenary commemoration on ANZAC Day. Read more >

Peri Urban Councils seek a better deal

The Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils has called on the Federal Government to direct funds towards improving the key roads and bridges along with mobile and internet access across the Victorian peri urban region in their 2015/16 Budget. Read more >

Summer Series attracts big numbers

More than 88,000 people attended the Hills Shire Council Summer Series of Events, which has been heralded as an outstanding success by Hills Shire Mayor Councillor Andrew Jefferies. Read more >

Streamlined Local Environmental Plan

Penrith Council has welcomed the approval of its new streamlined Local Environmental Plan (LEP), which means Penrith can continue its transformation into an economic powerhouse of Western Sydney, while retaining lifestyle and environmental standards. Read more >

Big boost in childcare centres

The opening of two new facilities in a week by Leichhardt Municipal Council has provided a boost to quality Sydney Inner West childcare. Read more >

Mayor returns from East Timor visit

Mayor Councillor Peter Cox says great progress is being made in the Maubisse region of East Timor but more work needs to be done to improve health, education and water quality. Read more >

The forefront of disaster management training

Redland City Council has hosted emergency management professionals from across the state at a nationally recognised training course. Read more >