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Guidelines for climate adaptation

Guidelines for climate adaptation LGASA President, Mayor David O'Loughlin.

New guidelines to support Councils preparing for climate changes have been released by the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) for consultation with Councils, communities and other key stakeholders. Read more >

Reform talk at LGNSW’s Annual Conference

Reform talk at LGNSW’s Annual Conference President of LGNSW, Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM

Local government reform is set to be the main talking point at the Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Annual Conference. Read more >

Australia's largest Street Lighting Partnership

Nearly 50 percent of regional Victoria is set to receive safer and more energy efficient street lighting following the launch of the Lighting the Regions project on October 16.

Almost 23,000 mercury vapour style street lights will be replaced by more energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

The project will reduce energy consumption, save 180,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases and provide regional communities with savings of more than $57 million in energy costs over 20 years.

Lighting the Regions Project Chairperson Councillor Ray Kingston said 16 local governments across north, west and central Victoria have formed to implement what will be the largest street lighting partnership in Australia.

“Lighting the Regions is the largest partnership of its type ever undertaken in Australia, and represents a once in a generation opportunity to engage regional communities and individuals to make positive energy efficiency changes in the home and the workplace.

“This collaborative partnership will yield significant economic and environmental project benefits for the 16 local government Councils involved in the project and will pull together the expertise, resourcing and financial resources required to take energy efficiency action together with their communities.”

The local government partners in the project are the City of Greater Bendigo, Central Goldfields, Hepburn, Pyrenees, Loddon, Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Mount Alexander, Buloke, Ararat, Northern Grampians, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Yarriambiack, West Wimmera and Mildura.

The City of Greater Bendigo will undertake the role of lead council for the partnership group.

Powercor is the Distribution Network Service Provider for the Lighting the Regions project and maintains and operates the street lighting infrastructure on behalf of the local government partners.

The $11.6 million project includes $5 million of funding from the Australian Government and will run until June 2016.

Australians trust local government

Australians trust local government LGAQ President Margaret de Wit

According to a national survey by Griffith University, local government remains the most trusted level of government in Australia. Read more >

Feedback sought for project

Feedback sought for project

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) is looking for feedback on an upcoming project on preventing racism and intercommunity conflict. Read more >

Australia's largest public library network

Australia's largest public library network The front cover of the One Card Network’s summary report.

South Australia has completed The One Card Network project, connecting more than 130 public libraries across South Australia and enabling customers to borrow and return items at these libraries with one library card. Read more >

This month

Environmental push

The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) has urged all levels of government to maintain the Renewable Energy Target (RET), while two Australian Councils have been awarded as world leaders in sustainable practices. Read more >


As we reported in the ‘breaking news’ section on this month, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss announced the Roads to Recovery funding allocated to local councils. 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 >

Mountain Biking Series

Seven NSW inland Cities have released an expression of interest to secure a naming rights sponsor for the 2015 Evocity Mountain Bike (MTB) Series to create the biggest MTB Series in Australia. Read more >

Council signs Memorandum Of Understanding

The North East Catchment Management Authority(NECMA) and Alpine Shire Council have partnered for the benefit of local communities and the enviroment. Read more >

Driving new perspectives - Presidents comment

The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) occupies a unique niche in the local government sector of Australia, one that helps drive new perspectives and reform. Read more >

Tiwi visit welcomed

West Arnhem Regional Council (WARC) and the Tiwi Islands Regional Council (TIRC) have announced steps towards a new partnership. Read more >

The funding cycle is turning*

The Australian Electoral Commission website says that the earliest possible date for the next House of Representatives and half-Senate election is 6 August 2016. Read more >

Return of the Breakfast Club

Marrickville Council’s Breakfast Club is returning after a remarkably successful 10-week pilot program. Read more >

Preparing for natural disasters - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Productivity Commission(PC) tabled a draft report last month calling for a major restructure of federal funding for dealing with floods, bushfires and other natural disasters. Read more >

Recognising Councils high achievers - This month from Shire of Dalwallinu, WA

Regional Repopulation Pilot Project Team, Shire of Dalwallinu, Western Australia Read more >

Successful end to pop-up project

Number 5, Hornsby Shire Council’s pop-up retail and exhibition space on the west side of Hornsby, has come to a successful end, with a permanent tenant about to move into the shop space. Read more >

First eSmart Library Service

Hume Libraries have become Australia’s first eSmart Library Service, equipping itself to support its customers to use technology in a smart, safe and responsible way. Read more >

Take the lead in Anzac Centenary*

One of Australia’s leading military historians and authors is urging local government to take the lead in getting the community engaged in the ANZAC Centenary. Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Logan City Council, QLD

Councillor Pam Parker, Mayor, Logan City Council, Queensland Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Mount Isa City Council, QLD

Councillor Tony McGrady, Mayor, Mount Isa City Council, Queensland Read more >

Recognising Councils high achievers - This month from City of Gosnells, WA

Ian Cowie – CEO, City of Gosnells, Western Australia Read more >