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Sights set on growth for state conference

Sights set on growth for state conference LGAQ President Margaret de Wit

Proposed changes to disaster management funding, looming White Papers on Federation and Taxation Reform and council proposed amendments to rating categories are expected to be hot topics at the 118th Local Government Association of Queensland's (LGAQ) annual conference. Read more >

New council boundaries in Western Australia

New council boundaries in Western Australia A map of the new City of Fremantle

The Western Australia State Government has announced its decision on the reform of Perth’s metropolitan local governments, including boundary adjustments and amalgamations. Read more >

NBN planned for Loddon Mallee

NBN planned for Loddon Mallee

NBN Co has announced that National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed wireless services will be coming soon to Mildura, Swan Hill, Campaspe, Loddon and Gannawarra Shires. Read more >

Fairfield City Council pays tribute to Gough Whitlam

Fairfield City Council has paid tribute to Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, The Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC, who passed away today aged 98.

The Mayor of Fairfield City, Frank Carbone, said Whitlam was highly committed to his electorate of Werriwa.

“Gough Whitlam sought improved services and amenities for the area.

“This included his work in drawing up the legal paperwork to establish the Cabravale Diggers Club, which is still a major institution in the area today.”

Fairfield City Council reported that Whitlam was attentive to the needs of his community, and when his electorate office was closed on weekends, a line would form outside his family home, with constituents being invited into his living room to discuss their concerns.

“Gough’s wife Margaret was also strongly involved in the local community.

“Her lobbying led to the opening of the first swimming pool in the area, where she served as president and also taught local children to swim”.

As Prime Minister, he achieved many key reforms including improving pay rates for women, abolishing national service, improving Aboriginal rights and reducing the voting age to 18.

He was also the first Prime Minister to establish diplomatic relations with China, abolished the White Australia Policy and introduced the policy of multiculturalism.

“Whitlam’s legacy of multiculturalism for Australia has had a huge positive impact here in Fairfield City,” said Mayor Carbone.

“His commitment to diversity has contributed to the strength of our community.”

NSW calls to abandon grant freeze

NSW calls to abandon grant freeze

Local Government NSW will lobby the Federal Government to abandon its decision to freeze the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants, following a unanimous vote by councillors at its 2014 annual conference. Read more >

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 >

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 >


Editorial

As we reported in the ‘breaking news’ section on lgfocus.com.au 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 editorial@lgfocus.com.au 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 >