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Randwick and Waverley Councils submit Fit for the Future merger proposal

Randwick and Waverley Councils submit Fit for the Future merger proposal

Randwick and Waverley Councils have lodged their joint merger proposal to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) in response to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future program. Read more >

Inspirational speakers at LGPro Women’s Events

Inspirational speakers at LGPro Women’s Events 2015 Australian of the Year and the Pride of Australia’s National Courage Medal recipient Rosie Batty

Three inspirational, high profile women will speak at two key events being held in July for women working in Local Government. Read more >

WALGA: Big picture misses small detail on sport

WALGA: Big picture misses small detail on sport WALGA President Mayor Troy Pickard

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) have criticised cuts to local sport funding in the Western Australian State Government’s Bigger Picture for sport in Western Australia program Read more >

Fuel excise change a boost for local roads

Fuel excise change a boost for local roads Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss

Australian councils will receive an extra $1.105 billion for local road works over the next two years following the reintroduction of the Consumer Price Index-linked fuel excise. Read more >

Lake Macquarie City Council confident it can stand alone

Lake Macquarie City Council confident it can stand alone

Lake Macquarie City Council has endorsed a submission, on behalf of the Lake Macquarie community, to respond to the State Government’s reform of local government in NSW, known as the Fit for the Future program. Read more >

Parramatta’s plan to be fit for the future

Parramatta’s plan to be fit for the future Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Councillor Scott Lloyd

Parramatta City Council has proposed an expanded Local Government Area in response to the State Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ local government reform process. Read more >

This month

Targeting energy

A deal between Labor and the Coalition has secured the future of the Renewable Energy Target (RET). Read more >


Editorial

If Local Government could sit down with a therapist and list off everything troubling it, what would be said? 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 >


A new wave of support for victims of domestic violence

Those impacted by domestic and family violence have a new support base with the opening of the first ever Redlands regional domestic and family violence service, Working Against Violence Support Service (WAVSS) Across The Redlands. Read more >


Cook Shire marketing reaches new audiences

Billboards at Townsville, Tully and Cairns are just one of the weapons in Cook Shire Council’s expanding arsenal of tourism marketing strategies. Read more >


Tax Reform Presents Challenges for Local Government

The focus of the Federation reform debate has switched to tax over the past few weeks with submissions on the Taxation Issues Paper released by the Commonwealth Treasury due on 1 June. Read more >


The Freeze and the Federation - Presidents comment

The current fiscal environment is a challenging time for Local Government. Read more >


Agreement renewed with Cancer Council

Marrickville Council’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Cancer Council has been renewed. Read more >


United front for development

The City of Busselton, in association with key stakeholders, is preparing a new Economic Development Strategy. Read more >


Grant to boost Picture Ipswich

Ipswich’s online photographic website Picture Ipswich has been given a boost thanks to a State Government grant. Read more >


New Goyder website launched

South Australian Minister for Local Government, Geoff Brock MP has officially launched the new Regional Council of Goyder website. Read more >


Pay-by-phone parking

Motorists no longer need to carry cash to pay for parking in the City of South Perth’s car parks. Read more >


Cry my beloved fishing villages - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

My wife and I recently dropped into an iconic seafood takeaway on the NSW south coast. Read more >


Collaboration on touch football brings community together

Mornington Shire Council collaborated with the community to bring together the first Remote Australia Women Touch Footy session (RAW Touch Footy) as part of council’s strong vision in moving the region forwards. Read more >


Visitor experience improved at Metz Gorge Lookout

Visitors to the Metz Gorge Lookout near Hillgrove will now have a better understanding of the history of the area with new tourism information boards installed by Armidale Dumaresq Council. Read more >


Councillors presented OAMS

Three Aurukun Shire Council councillors have attended a special ceremony in Cairns, as they were presented with their prestigious Order of Australia Medals (OAMs) by the Governor of Queensland, his Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey, for their ‘services to the Indigenous community of Cape York Peninsula’. Read more >


ALGWA Victorian state conference

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Victorian Branch has hosted its 2015 conference in Seymour on May 22 and 23. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Central Desert Regional Council, NT

President Adrian Dixon, Central Desert Regional Council, Northern Territory Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Victoria Daly Regional Council, NT

Mayor Steven Hennessy, Victoria Daly Regional Council, Northern Territory Read more >


How to make local government meetings more productive*

The word communication in its original Latin form means ‘to share’. Read more >


Communication professionals celebrated

Government Communications Australia (GCA) has concluded its annual GCA conference at the Amora Hotel Jamison in Sydney. Read more >


Thousands enjoy new sporting hub

More than 2,500 people enjoyed Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Community Open Day at the Shire’s new recreation and sporting hub at Civic Reserve Recreation Centre. Read more >


National award for Margaret Olley Art Centre

The Tweed Regional Gallery & the Margaret Olley Art Centre have won a prestigious national award from the peak Australian body for museums and galleries. Read more >


WALGA warns rate hike will hurt

The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) has announced that it wants the State Government to justify the 0.6 percent increase in the Government Guarantee Fee (GFEE) on loans to Councils, given the current economic climate. Read more >


Developing guidelines for outdoor dining

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) is funding the development of integrated model guidelines for outdoor dining. Read more >


Balancing rising costs and the need to keep rates low

How the City of Greater Geraldton implements participatory budgeting to find solutions Read more >


Police and council share goal

The City of Melville and the Western Australian Police (WAPOL) reconfirmed their commitment to working together, signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that focuses on a shared goal to proactively achieve a Safer Melville. Read more >


Slow uptake on voluntary house raising program

Moree Plains Shire Council, with assistance from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) through the Floodplain Management Program, has completed a study to identify dwellings most at risk of over–floor flooding. Read more >


Review into rate capping welcome

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed six–monthly reviews into the ongoing impact any rate capping measure will have on council operations, services and infrastructure, as well as the local communities they serve. Read more >


CCTV funding boost

Local Governments’ efforts to improve community safety received a boost with the announcement of $4 million in Western Australian State Government grants for council CCTV programs. Read more >


Village Heart shines with national recognition

The City of Prospect has announced that the Prospect Road Village Heart has just taken out its seventh prestigious award. Read more >


Tele-commuting at your service

While customer service officer Kay Kinlyside works for a Melbourne metropolitan council, she does so by going to work 150 kilometres away in regional Victoria. Read more >


Regions roads rated poorly

The major roads of the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC) have been identified as high on the list of the Australia’s worst, with congestion coming at a huge economic cost to Sydney and Australia. Read more >


Stage 1 of Lander No. 4 complete

The official launch of affordable housing development ‘Lander No.4’ recently took place, with the occasion marking the completion of stage one of the project which will provide the community with 10 additional, two and three bedroom dwellings. Read more >