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Addressing Cultural Diversity

Addressing Cultural Diversity MAV conference keynote speaker Fatima Shama.

Wyndham City Council hosted the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)ís inaugural biennial multicultural policy development conference on the 12th of September. Read more >

New Aboriginal Artwork

New Aboriginal Artwork The New art installation in James Park

An art installation that celebrates local Aboriginal culture has been added to Hornsby Shire Councilís redeveloped James Park. Read more >

Local Governments mark Great War

Across Australia local governments are responding to community interest in the ANZAC Centenary, which runs until 2018.

It is a special time to honour Australians who served during the Great War and the conflicts that followed.

Many local governments are working with local schools, community groups and businesses to plan events in their area.

While the Centenary is a national undertaking, councils are taking the opportunity to highlight the impact the Great War had in their areas.

From 1914 to 1918, councils and shires continued to provide services to their towns and districts even as aldermen and staff volunteered for the front.

BrandNet, a family owned company in Canberra, has developed a Great War Collection of commemorative artworks, gifts and keepsakes to support council plans.

The Collection, which represents the dignity of the ANZAC Centenary, is one way councils can create a lasting Centenary memory.

A catalogue has gone to every local government in Australia.

BrandNet’s Dollar for Diggers program mean 10 percent of Collection sales goes to Soldier On, the not for profit group helping Australian defense Force members injured in Iraq, Afghanistan and other recent conflicts.

So far $110 000 has been raised for veteran projects.

Visit australiagreatwar.com.au to see what other councils are planning and record your own Centenary events.

Mayors for Peace conference.

Mayors for Peace conference. Junko Morimoto

Author, artist and Hiroshima survivor, Junko Morimoto, will address the Mayors For Peace Regional Conference in Fremantle next week. Read more >

Candidates' webpage

All candidates for the 2014 South Australian Council Elections will feature on a Candidates' website, currently under construction by the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA).

LGASA CEO Wendy Campana said intention was to assist voters to find information about their candidates online.

At the very minimum the website will feature a short profile provided by each candidate to the Electoral Commission as part of the nomination process.

It would also display a photograph if provided.

"Candidates will also be able to provide a link to a personal campaign webpage, blog, Facebook or Twitter page, or other online material to expand information for the public," Ms Campana said.

"For Candidates to provide the link they will need to provide an email address with their nomination to the Electoral Commission.

“That email will then be used to allow submission of the link.

“Most people are now used to hunting information on the Internet so it is a logical development and it will be optimised for mobile devices.

"Its important people understand something about what candidates are standing for as we don't have centralised homogenised party policies."

Candidates have until noon on 16 September to lodge their nominations with an email address and within a week they will receive an email offering the opportunity to provide a link.

The website is expected to be fully populated by September 30 ensuring voters could access the information for five weeks before the close of voting on November 7.

Voters will be able to access the information at: www.lga.sa.gov.au/lgcandidates.

Nominations close at noon on September 16, after which a draw will be held to select ballot paper name order.

Candidates names will then be published in a report on the LGASA website.

The report is expected to be posted early afternoon on September 17.

Call for LGNSW to lead reforms

Call for LGNSW to lead reforms Mayor of The Hills Shire, Clr Andrew Jefferies

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Clr Andrew Jefferies, has congratulated NSW Premier Mike Baird on showing strong leadership in the bid to reform Local Government, following his announcement to offer Councils financial and governance incentives to merge. Read more >

This month

Grants freeze sets in

Local Governments across Australia are beginning to feel the pinch as the freeze on Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) that was announced in the federal budget sets in. Read more >


Editorial

This month Local Government Focus has launched its new website, and with it we have implemented some exciting new ways to deliver you the news from councils across Australia. Read more >


Have your say... Letters to the editor

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 >


70th Anniversary of breakout

The Australian premiere of a renowned Japanese play has been a highlight of this yearís 70th anniversary commemorations for the Japanese Prisoner of War Breakout at Cowra. Read more >


Affordable housing funded

Residents in Roma will have access to more affordable housing options following the construction of the ĎLander No. 4í housing project. Read more >


Welcome changes to Act

Welcome changes to Act Presidentís comment Read more >


Hospital siteís rebirth

The City of Mount Gambier has breathed new life into a former hospital site while laying its turbulent history to rest. Read more >


Clearer drinking water

Yass Valley Council is tackling its discoloured water problems after a new trial manganese removal process implemented by Council in May this year proved successful. It is now being permanently installed. Read more >


Creek clean up

Blue Mountains City Council, with funding from Councilís Environment Levy, is teaming up with the local community and the Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) in a $300,000 project to clean up Leura Falls Creek. Read more >


Funk comes to night markets

The Liverpool Night Markets have returned at Liverpool City Council with a great range of food, stalls and entertainment, including a special performance by the Funky Love Squad dancers, bringing disco back with their incredible stilt-dancing skills. Read more >


New Horizons Program - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Cockatoo Network has recently created an alliance of businesses to create new horizons of business - by bringing together previously unconnected investors in various regions around the world. Read more >


Focused climate change strategy

The City of Joondalup has announced it is one of the first local governments in the country to adopt a Climate Change Strategy that combines adaptation and mitigation targets and initiatives. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Willoughby City Council, NSW

Councillor Gail Giles-Gidney, Mayor, Willoughby City Council, New South Wales Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Inverell Shire Council, NSW

Councillor Paul Harmon, Mayor, Inverell Shire Council, New South Wales Read more >


New fishing platform

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has joined fellow Councillors in inspecting the Councilís new recreational fishing platform. Read more >


Family Day Care to be hit

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillorr Sandra Wilson has expressed concern for the future of councilís family day care program after the federal government announced a reduction in funding. Read more >


Recognising Councilís high achievers - This month from Boulia Shire Council, QLD

Shelly Norton, Boulia Shire Council, Queensland Read more >


Recognising Councils high achievers - From Central Highlands Regional Council, QLD

Jason Akers, Central Highlands Regional Council, Queensland Read more >