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Mayor demands federal action on infrastructure

Mayor demands federal action on infrastructure

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams yesterday issued a strong message to Canberra on behalf of the people of South East Queensland – it’s time to get SEQ moving again. Read more >

New look campaign to promote regional city living

New look campaign to promote regional city living

Real-life testimonials tell the story of ‘Regional City Living’ in a new campaign launched today. Read more >

Federal opposition commits to FAG indexation restoration

On the final day of the ALGA National General Assembly, Labor has announced a commitment to restore the indexation freeze on Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) from July 2017, if elected.

Speaking at the Assembly, the Hon Julie Collins MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, announced the commitment, which has been welcomed by ALGA. 

"We are pleased that the Opposition has provided the certainty called for by the sector on restoring indexation of FAGs," said ALGA President Troy Pickard.

"The three-year pause on FAGs indexation implemented in the 2014-15 budget was unexpected and continues to have a severe impact on the sector.”

It is expected the Coalition would also restore the indexation from 2017, but Mayor Pickard said a firm commitment provides peace of mind for cash-strapped councils.

“Having certainty on the indexation of this untied funding will ensure that our local councils have the resources necessary to fix local community infrastructure and fund crucial community services such as parks, swimming pools, libraries, community amenities, and recreation and cultural facilities."

Labor has also said it would re-establish the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG).

"The ACLG will ensure that councils have direct dialogue with the Prime Minister and Cabinet on issues of national importance and will strengthen the partnership between both levels of government," said Mayor Pickard.

"The forum will be an opportunity to address issues around the sustainability and certainty of local government funding."

Ms Collins also highlighted the Opposition’s commitment to a Regional Innovation Fund, which would focus on expanding the role of regions to establish self-sustaining innovation hubs, and funding to encourage the active participation of women in local government.

MobileMuster winners announced at NGA

MobileMuster winners announced at NGA The Hon Paul Fletcher MP presenting the awards at the NGA.

The national winners of the MobileMuster local government awards have been announced at the ALGA National General Assembly – top gongs went to the City of Sydney and the District Council of Orroroo-Carrieton. Read more >

Photography exhbition celebrates refugees

Photography exhbition celebrates refugees

As part of Refugee Week celebrations, Brimbank City Council in Victoria has launched a photography exhibition showcasing its high-achieving residents from refugee backgrounds. Read more >

Airport upgrade flags growing regional economy

Airport upgrade flags growing regional economy

The official opening of the Orange Regional Airport has been welcomed as a sign of a growing regional economy. Read more >

This month

Action on emissions

Australian councils are addressing climate change at a grassroots level. Read more >


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Arts fever running high in the winter months

The City of Casey in Victoria is hosting a bumper program of winter arts events, encouraging residents to get moving, making and creating throughout the colder months. Read more >

Action on gender equity

The Baw Baw Shire Council in regional Victoria has endorsed a Gender Equity Action Plan, to help in the prevention of violence against women. Read more >

Flexible rates for struggling dairy farmers

Colac Otway Shire Council in Victoria is offering lenient rate payment times to residents impacted by the dramatic drop in dairy prices. Read more >

Advocating for desperately-needed infrastructure funds

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Goal posts are constantly shifting

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Permit processing for heavy vehicles improved

Processing times for heavy vehicles permits have improved across local government areas in three of the five surveyed states, according to data from the National Heavy Vehicle Register (NHVR). Read more >

Councils form alliance to grow region

Three local governments in the Great Southern region in Western Australia have formed an alliance to further economic development and future prosperity of the region. Read more >

Domestic violence message shared in rural communities

Each May, Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is held across Queensland. Bundaberg Regional Council helped spread the message in rural communities. Read more >

Mayor calls for diversity

The Mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo has urged community members from diverse backgrounds to consider running for Council. Read more >

Looking for verve - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

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Speed it up campaign

A campaign by the Sunshine Coast Council is hoping to demonstrate the need for faster internet in the region. Read more >

Women’s leadership on the agenda

The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) is encouraging women who are seeking a leadership role and to help shape the future of their communities to stand as candidates in local government elections this October. Read more >

Pop-up shop engages the community

Tweed Shire Council in New South Wales has been recognised for outstanding community engagement for a pop-up shopfront educating on foreshore revitalisation. Read more >

Partnership with Ozius wins national award*

Brisbane-based spatial technology start-up Ozius Spatial stands among the industry leaders after winning an award at the 2016 National Planning Institute of Australia Awards this month. Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor Karen McKeown, Penrith City Council, New South Wales

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Mayor Bob Pynsent, Cessnock City Council, New South Wales

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Youth precinct upgrade

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has received a Lotterywest Grant for $1.393 million towards the redevelopment of the town’s Youth Precinct. Read more >

New recruits welcomed

Isaac Regional Council in Queensland recently welcomed its largest ever intake of trainees and apprentices, with 14 new recruits added to the fold. Read more >

Playspace best in state

A playground in the City of Monash in Victoria was recentley dubbed the state’s best new playspace, in the Parks and Leisure Australia awards. Read more >

Aboriginal Centre for Excellence takes shape

Planning is underway for a proposed Aboriginal Centre for Excellence to be located in Greater Western Sydney. Read more >

Sharing responsibility for safer spaces

The City of Darwin has launched its Safer Vibrant Darwin Plan 2016-2019 and a new public space activation project, Faces In Spaces. Read more >

Cheer Up Hut celebrates South Australian legacy

As part of ongoing Anzac Centenary remembrances, a “Cheer Up Hut” was recently re-created in South Australia. Read more >

It’s a new dawn with IPWEA’s Sustainability in Public Works Conference 24-26 August 2016*

Written by Dr. Stephen Lees Director Sustainability, IPWEA Australasia Read more >

Solar-powered bins for the capital

The Australian Capital Territory recently announced a trial of three solar-powered, self-compacting rubbish bins. Read more >

BMX project peddles ahead

The wheels are in motion on construction of a new BMX track and pavilion in the City of Casey in Victoria. Read more >

Safety first

Southern Downs Regional Council in Queensland has taken home the award for Excellence in Road Safety at the 2016 National Awards for Local Government for their work with backpackers. Read more >

Thinking green a hit with residents

Residents of the City of Swan in eastern Perth have embraced free workshops on how to live more sustainably. Read more >

Water conservation saves invaluable park

One of Victoria’s most ecologically valuable parks was on the brink of eradication before being revitalised by a water conservation project by Moonee Valley City Council. Read more >

Sports precinct a step closer

The plan to build a new sporting precinct in regional New South Wales is a step closer following a decision by Orange City Council. Read more >

Committee to advise amalgamated council

It will be “business as usual” for residents in amalgamated area according to the former Mayor of Manly. Read more >

Infrastructure on show

Local government representatives were among the more than 2500 attendees at infrastructure industry Expo, CIVENEX, last month. Read more >