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Delivering childcare for growing community

Delivering childcare for growing community One of the proposed childcare facilities in Sydney

New developments within inner city Sydney could deliver more than 2,000 new childcare places. Read more >

Australia Day Awards

Australia Day Awards

LG Focus would like to congratulate the recipients of council awards presented as part of Australia Day celebrations across the nation on January 26. Read more >

Recognition for NSW's best and brightest

Recognition for NSW's best and brightest

For the first time, professionals in the New South Wales local government sector will get the chance for their work and projects to be recognised at a national level. Read more >

Council’s State election wish list

Council’s State election wish list

Whitsunday Regional Council has released an election wish list for the State seats of Burdekin and Whitsunday in the lead up to the Queensland state election on January 31. Read more >

Ball raises more than $35,000

Ball raises more than $35,000 Mayor Anne Baker, beyondblue ambassador Joshua Mill and event organiser Judy Naumann. Image Credit: Emily Clarke.

Issac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker’s first Charity Ball was an outstanding success, raising $36,578.93 for beyondblue. Read more >

Nostalgic look at beach culture

Nostalgic look at beach culture Camel rides on the beach in the 1940s.

Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is currently displaying nostalgic beach images in an exhibition titled ‘Holidays and Hokey Pokey: Beach Images of the Tweed’ until the end of summer. Read more >

This month

Councils quandaries

Australian Local Government will be facing challenges surrounding infrastructure, amalgamations, and the federation white paper in 2015. Read more >


New recycling facility on the Gold Coast*

Replas has officially opened its new recycling facility on the Gold Coast. Read more >


Editorial

The beginning of a new year is often a tragic time in Australia, with many people at increased risk from environmental disasters such as bushfires and flooding. 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 >


Joint Bluett Award winners

Bankstown City Council and Ku-ring-gai Council have been named joint winners of the AR Bluett Memorial Award. Read more >


What is your council doing about gender equality? - Presidents comment

Where does your local government sit in the advancement of women? Read more >


Smoking ceremony cleansed lands

The land that will house Cockburn’s new regional recreational aquatic facility, including the Dockers new training ground, has been cleansed in a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony. Read more >


Portal to innovation

The City of Boroondara has completed the first year of its three year innovation@boroondara program. Read more >


State tourism award

Cairns Regional Council has won the Local Government Award at the Queensland Tourism Awards in Brisbane. Read more >


In honour of Sir Phillip Lynchs philosophy of predictable gradualism - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Well, 2014 was certainly an interesting year in federal politics. Read more >


Flying fox thrills Mayor

It’s 40m long, made of tubular metal and steel cable, and promises to deliver a thrill ride for Launceston’s children. Read more >


Five-year disability plan

The final report on a landmark five-year policy framework and implementation plan to improve outcomes for people with disability in the ACT has been released. Read more >


Peak hour in West Arnhem

West Arnhem Regional Council’s Gordon Smith discovered recently that the water levels may be low at Cahill’s Crossing at this time of year, but the crocodile count is still pretty high. Read more >


Solar Library

The City of Mount Gambier has begun the installation of the 57.5 kW solar system on the roof of the Library. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Shire of Beverley, WA

Mayor Dee Ridgway, Shire of Beverley, Western Australia Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from City of Albany, WA

Mayor Dennis Wellington, City of Albany, Western Australia Read more >


Recognising Councils high achievers - This month from Tiwi Islands Regional Council, NT

Alice Williams – Office Manager, Tiwi Islands Regional Council, Northern Territory Read more >


Recognising Councils high achievers - This month from The City of Palmerston, NT

Community Development Team, The City of Palmerston, Northern Territory Read more >


Organics bins in Donnybrook

The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup anticipates both business and environmental benefits from its recent roll-out of a kerbside collection bin for organic waste. Read more >


Improving water quality

One of the Central Coast’s main drinking water treatment plants at Somersby has recently undergone about $11 million worth of upgrade works. Read more >


Future Directions - City of Clarence

2014 has been a busy year for the City of Clarence, with some exciting development toward a more inclusive community culminating with the launch of a large all–abilities playground at the riverside Simmons Park in Lindisfarne. Read more >


Coastal innovation award

Hornsby Shire Council has received the 2014 Coastal Management Award for Innovation for its Hawkesbury Watch Program. Read more >


Road surface trials

Yankalilla Council is moving to modernise its unsealed road maintenance program roads thanks to a new partnership with PolyCom and Fulton Hogan. Read more >


A R Bluett rural award winner

Cootamundra Shire Council has been awarded rural winners of the 2014 A R Bluett Memorial Award. Read more >


Right to stand for local government

The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) in partnership with the Victorian Government has launched the 2016 Victoria thinking ahead – more women for local governments Project. Read more >


Shelter for passengers

A shelter shed will be built by Fraser Cost regional Council to shade people wanting to board the Mary Ann steam train. Read more >


Resolution to soil contamination brings wins*

The first commercially viable and environmentally sustainable resolution to soil contamination has opened in Cootamundra. Read more >


ALGWA National conference

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) would like to invite you to The ‘State of Women in Local Government’ address. Read more >


Agreement to audit aged care

The Beverley, Brookton and Pingelly (BBP) working group has engaged Verso Consulting to undertake an infrastructure, age friendliness, services and facilities audit in each of the three Shires to inform planning for the current and future needs. Read more >


Recover your unsealed roads without re-sheeting*

Re-sheeting was once the norm when maintaining unsealed roads. Read more >