Wyndham City Council hosted the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)ís inaugural biennial multicultural policy development conference on the 12th of September. Read more >
An art installation that celebrates local Aboriginal culture has been added to Hornsby Shire Councilís redeveloped James Park. Read more >
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.
Author, artist and Hiroshima survivor, Junko Morimoto, will address the Mayors For Peace Regional Conference in Fremantle next week. Read more >
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.