South Australians will vote for a record number of contested positions and a record number of women candidates following the close of nominations for Council Elections.
Local Government Association of South Australia CEO Wendy Campana, said the number of positions elected unopposed was the lowest on record (73) out of 707 positions across the State.
"The ratio of candidates to positions is the highest on record - on average around 1.89 people will contest each position - with a 4.7 percent increase in nominations.
"As a result a record 1261 candidates will be electioneering in the coming weeks for 629 positions in 189 separate elections.
"Five positions in three wards did not receive any nomination which means they will require supplementary elections."
A record number, 382 or 28.64 percent of the total nominees, are women.
"Currently 27.22 percent of Council members are women, which is ahead of the 24.6 percent in State Parliament and behind the 30.1 percent in the Federal Parliament.
"It's up to voters now in terms of outcomes but it is pleasing to see the number of women who are willing to stand for office continues to climb."
Council Elections will be conducted by postal ballot.
Voter packs will be posted between 20 and 24 October and completed voting papers must be returned by close of business at 5pm on Friday 7 September.
A full list of candidates' names is on the LGA website at www.lga.sa.gov.au/electionresults
Canberra’s disability sector will receive a further $6.3 million in funding to help the ACT adapt to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the funding would go to initiatives and activities that help organisations to support families and carers to prepare for the NDIS, build culturally appropriate supports and services and develop the capacity of new and existing services.
“This $6.3 million is the next instalment of the $12.5 million in sector development funding earmarked for the ACT from the Commonwealth Government.”
“We have already invested $3.3 million in initiatives such as Community Conversations and Capacity Building workshops, and more than $1.2 million in funding to local organisations and providers.
“This instalment will target market development and growth in new services as funding for the ACT disability sector doubles to $342 million by 2019-20.
“Last weekend’s Early Intervention and Therapy Services Expo highlighted the range of services which will be provided in the ACT from next year, with 50 providers showing what they can offer.
“About 1,000 people attended the Expo and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Developing a robust and diverse disability sector is paramount, which is why the ACT Government will look to invest in activities that provide assistance and advice to service providers, assist with compliance of national standards and promote career pathways.
“We will also look to host a wide-ranging NDIS conference early next year, which will bring together people with disabilities, service providers and experts to discuss the ACT trial and look at ways we can continue to strengthen our sector.”
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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.