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Economic mission a success

Economic mission a success

Key economic leads for Tropical North Queensland including export opportunities and a potential aviation partnership have been identified during a regional leaders’ mission to China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Read more >

2014 Lake Macquarie International Children's Games wrap up

2014 Lake Macquarie International Children's Games wrap up Athletes competing at the Lake Macquarie International Children’s Games

The 2014 Lake Macquarie International Children’s Games have been full of fierce competition with athletes competing in football, swimming, sailing, athletics and water polo, as well as BMX, which has been included in the International Children’s Games for the first time. Read more >

LGMA appoints new National CEO

LGMA appoints new National CEO LGMA CEO, Lauren Oakey

President of Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) National Mark Withers has announced the appointment of new CEO, Lauren Oakey. Read more >

Council climate change projects awarded funding

Council climate change projects awarded funding LGNSW President, Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) and the Office of Environment (OEH) have announced the successful recipients of the first round of funding to the Building Resilience to Climate Change Grants, totalling $432,500. Read more >

Amalgamation discussions begin

Amalgamation discussions begin The Hon Peter Gutwein MP, Minister for Planning and Local Government

The Tasmanian State Government has begun formal discussions with councils about voluntary amalgamations. Read more >

This month

Financial revolution

30 Victorian councils have access to $240 million in low interest loans after the Local Government Funding Vehicle (LGFV) issued Australia’s first municipal bonds. Read more >


Editorial

The last 12 months for local government have been rife with debate over funding. 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 >


Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 2014

Narrandera Shire Council recently hosted the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 2014. Read more >


Responding to the Productivity Commission - Presidents comment

As many of you will be aware, at the request of the Treasurer Joe Hockey, the Productivity Commission has undertaken an investigation into the efficacy of Australia’s natural disaster funding arrangements. Read more >


Why do roads deteriorate?

Sunshine Coast Council and the University of the Sunshine Coast are researching why roads deteriorate via a unique project that’s putting pavements to the test. Read more >


Seniors award

The City of Cockburn won the Western Australia State Government’s inaugural 2014 Age Friendly Communities Local Government Award. Read more >


Birth certificate sign–up day

The Northern Area Office for Moree Plains Shire Council and Toomelah Central School partnered with Pathfinders and UNE Enactus to host a birth certificate sign–up day under the Minimbah Project. Read more >


Roads and bridges funding critical

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has called for strong financial and policy support from the Commonwealth and state and territory governments to make the necessary investments in the local roads network at the 2014 National Local Roads and Transport Congress. Read more >


Funding announced for Victoria Park

$1.15 million in funding has been announced by the Victorian Government for a new community and sporting facility at Victoria Park in Daylesford. Read more >


The lesson from Brisbane G20 is local solutions - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

In the ebb and tide of international politics, G20 meetings are not memorable. Read more >


Floriade breaks attendance record

Canberra’s 30-day spring festival Floriade has recorded its largest ever attendance numbers in the event’s 27-year history. Read more >


Fighting mosquitoes

Redland City Council has stepped up its fight against mosquitoes, adding two new quad bikes to their arsenal of mozzie fighting equipment. Read more >


Cat’s claw creeper under control

The Gold Coast Catchment Association launched ‘Bug on creepy creeper’ this year in hope of saving the green behind the gold from Cat’s claw creeper Read more >


Election results to be analysed

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has commissioned two in-depth surveys as part of the analysis of the 2014 Local Government Elections. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Flinders Council, TAS

Mayor Carol Cox, Flinders Council, Tasmania Read more >


Councillor profiles - Devonport City Council, TAS

Alderman Steve Martin, Mayor Devonport City Council, Tasmania Read more >


Recognising Councils high achievers - This month from City of Charles Sturt, SA

Donna Dunbar - Manager Public Health & Safety City of Charles Sturt, South Australia Read more >


Recognising Councils high achievers - This month from City of West Torrens, SA

City Assets Department City of West Torrens, South Australia Read more >


Mudlangga to Yertabulti track opens

New interpretive signs have been installed around the Port Adelaide and Lefevre Peninsula areas in South Australia. Read more >


Twig artists residence

Two metropolitan artists are making their mark on Mallee farms as part of the 2014 Twig Project artist residencies. Read more >


Good Neighbour project

The Rosemeadow/Ambarvale community has hosted a series of Good Neighbour Showcase events held throughout Campbelltown City Council to recognise the contributions of local residents and their neighbours in making the community a better place. Read more >


NSW report own future fitness

72 New South Wales councils have received their first report as part of a self-assessment project undertaken by Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Read more >


Support builds for Enough Pokies

Enough Pokies campaign spokesman and Monash Mayor Geoff Lake has said that community and local government support for the Enough Pokies campaign continues to build. Read more >