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Heavy vehicles asked to drive neighbourly

Heavy vehicles asked to drive neighbourly Blue Mountains City Council is partnering with industry, the community and the NSW Roads and Maritime Service on a Drive Neighbourly Agreement to promote positive driver behaviour, improve residential amenity, and improve safety for all users of state roads across the City.

Blue Mountains City Council is successfully partnering with industry, the community and the NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) on a Drive Neighbourly Agreement, introduced to coincide with the recent completion of the Great Western Highway upgrade. Read more >

ALGA welcomes announcement on Voluntary Waste Industry Protocol

ALGA welcomes announcement on Voluntary Waste Industry Protocol

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the launch of the Voluntary Waste Industry Protocol. Read more >

Project to help open spaces be more resilient to climate change

Project to help open spaces be more resilient to climate change

Benalla Rural City Council and Alpine Shire Council are working together to better manage open spaces affected by climate change impacts. Read more >

Inquiry told rate rise likely after forced amalgamations

Inquiry told rate rise likely after forced amalgamations LGNSW President Keith Rhoades AFSM

Giving evidence at the NSW Legislative Council's Parliamentary Inquiry into Local Government in NSW, Local Government NSW President Councillor Keith Rhoades has said that amalgamations had driven rates higher in other jurisdictions, including Queensland and Victoria. Read more >

Walk a day in Council’s shoes

Walk a day in Council’s shoes Environmental Scientist Mitch Alward monitors water quality within an estuarine environment. Mitch is one of the Council 'buddies' for A Day in Our Shoes.

Tweed Shire Council is inviting the community to spend a day working alongside a council employee during Local Government Week. Read more >

NRMA thanked for supporting transport plan

NRMA thanked for supporting transport plan

The Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC) has thanked the National Roads & Motorists Association (NRMA) for supporting the long running campaign to ‘get the northern beaches moving’, and called on it to get behind the plans already agreed and underway in partnership between the NSW Government and councils. Read more >

This month

Finance still frustrates

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has hosted delegates from across Australia at the 2015 National General Assembly (NGA) in Canberra from June 15–17. Read more >


Editorial

At the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra last month, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss made the following statement: Read more >


Joint statement on asylum seekers

Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Sean O’Reilly and Councillor Roz Blades recently presented a Joint Statement on Asylum Seekers Living in the Community to Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield. Read more >


Women’s council representation better than boards

Following a University of Western Australia/Committee for Perth joint report on gender participation and representation in Local Government, the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) noted that Councils were already faring better than company boards. Read more >


The voice of local government must be heard in the reform processes

The sudden release of a Discussion Paper for the Reform of Federation on June 24 has highlighted the need for all tiers of government and commentators to maintain an open mind on potential reforms to how our Federation operates. Read more >


Winning together - Presidents comment

In May this year Local Government SA demonstrated the power of working together to ensure winning outcomes for communities. Read more >


Installation of carved poles

Shoalhaven City Council has worked with the Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council in undertaking the installation of eight carved poles on Crookhaven Headland. Read more >


Nominate for Australian of the Year

The Australia Day Council of New South Wales has invited Dubbo residents to nominate inspirational Australians from their community for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards. Read more >


Youth sports assistance tips $100,000

A milestone in youth health and wellbeing was recently achieved with vouchers issued by Margaret River Recreation Centre under the Western Australian State Government’s Kidsport program tipping $100,000 in value. Read more >


Leading energy storage incentive

In an Australian first, Adelaide City businesses, residents, schools and community organisations will now be offered an incentive of up to $5,000 for installing energy storage systems as part of an expanded Sustainable City Incentives Scheme endorsed by Adelaide City Council. Read more >


Partnership with Aboriginal research centre

The City of Fremantle is pleased to announce a partnership with Pindi Pindi, an Aboriginal-owned and operated research centre for community wellbeing. Read more >


Time for feds to re-engage with cities - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

About six months after taking office, the Abbott Government quietly closed its Major Cities Unit within the Department of Infrastructure. Read more >


Community satisfaction a record high

A random telephone survey has found that community satisfaction with Warringah Council is at record highs, with 94 percent of the population ‘somewhat’ to ‘very’ satisfied with its performance. Read more >


ALGWA breakfast at National General Assembly 2015

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Board hosted delegates from across Australia at their Annual Networking Breakfast in Canberra on the 15th of June, the first day of the Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) National General Assembly. Read more >


Historic photo celebrates centenary

Victoria’s women councillors celebrated the centenary of women being allowed to stand for local government with a special photograph in the historic Melbourne City Council chambers. Read more >


Fifth gold award for annual report

The City of Ryde’s 2013–14 Annual Report was awarded gold at the 65th Australasian Reporting Awards held in Melbourne recently. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Burnie City Council, TAS

Mayor Anita Dow, Burnie City Council, Tasmania Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Circular Head Council, TAS

Mayor Daryl Quilliam, Circular Head Council, Tasmania Read more >


Garage Sale Trail back for 2015

The Garage Sale Trail will be returning on October 24, 2015. 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 >


Longest serving Mayor honoured

The Mosman Library building has been re-named Barry O’Keefe Library in recognition of the area’s longest serving mayor and one of its most prolific contributors to community and civic life. Read more >


$15 million boost for remote Indigenous communities

Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) President Damien Ryan has welcomed the news that a number of remote Indigenous communities across the NT will benefit from $15 million worth of projects as part of the latest round of Aboriginal Benefit Account (ABA) funding. Read more >


New lights for oval

Hornsby Shire Council is currently installing new lighting at Hornsby’s Mark Taylor Oval that will bring the sportsground up to the current Australian standard. Read more >


Councils high achievers - This month from Central Highlands Regional Council, QLD

Sean Robinson, Infrastructure Project Engineer, Central Highlands Regional Council, Queensland Read more >


Councils high achievers - This month from Flinders Shire Council, QLD

Road Gangs, Flinders Shire Council, Queensland Read more >