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Fremantle’s soldiers honoured for ANZAC centenary

Fremantle’s soldiers honoured for ANZAC centenary Image supplied by the City of Fremantle

One hundred years on from the Gallipoli landings, the City of Fremantle will honour Fremantle’s fallen servicemen with Western Australia’s only World War One plaque unveiling on ANZAC Day. Read more >

Lighting projections to commemorate ANZAC centenary

Lighting projections to commemorate ANZAC centenary One of the projections on display at the Geelong Town Hall

The City of Greater Geelong has projected moving images onto the Geelong Town Hall in a special tribute to commemorate the ANZAC centenary. Read more >

Ensure you are immunised for World Immunisation Week

Ensure you are immunised for World Immunisation Week

The City of Casey is stressing the importance of immunisations and encouraging residents to ensure they are up-to-date with their vaccinations in the lead up to World Immunisation Week. Read more >

Rates confusion looms

Rates confusion looms

Outgoing Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) President Mayor David O'Loughlin has warned that thousands of Council rates notices may need to be pulped if legislation regarding pensioner concessions on rates is not finalised. Read more >

Rate capping?

Rate capping? Victorian councils are rallying against rate capping, with many deeply concerned about how the legalisation will affect their ability to serve the community.

Victorian councils are rallying against rate capping, with many deeply concerned about how the legalisation will affect their ability to serve the community. Read more >

Have your say... Letters to the editor

Dear LG Focus.
As I was reading the article by Mayor Jarvis ‘What are we trying to fix?’ (LG Focus February 2015) I at first though he was talking about the recently abandoned Local Government Reform in Western Australia.

Tasmania however was the focus, but the question ‘What are we trying to fix?’ would appear to apply all over our country.

The local government sector in Western Australia also agreed that the State Government needed to lead a willing Local Government sector.

What were we trying to fix?

During the whole lengthy process, this question was never answered.

It’s hardly surprising that the process failed.

A good leader will always articulate goals but if, as a sector, all we are told is fewer Councils is the goal, the industry will simply ask why, or in the words of mayor Jarvis ‘What were we trying to fix?’.

Rob Stewart
Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Plantagenet.

This month

Rate capping?

Victorian councils are rallying against rate capping, with many deeply concerned about how the legalisation will affect their ability to serve the community. Read more >


Editorial

In February, Local Government Professionals had more than 800 attendees at their annual conference in Melbourne. 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 >


Local Government Growing Regional Australia

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government and Regional Capitals Australia have launched a landmark national report on local government’s role in building strong and sustainable regional capitals and regions. Read more >


Local government welcomes the Tax Discussion Paper

The release of the Tax Discussion Paper on March 30 marks the start of an important national debate about how we collect and distribute Australia’s taxation revenue. Read more >


A challenging year ahead - Presidents comment

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) President and Board elections were held on March 6, and I am honoured to have been elected President for the next two years. Read more >


ALGWA biennial conference

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) has hosted their 2015 National Biennial conference in the Barossa Valley. Read more >


Regional town connected

The Town of Gawler is one of the first Regional Centres in South Australia connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN). Read more >


IPWEA Queensland Excellence Awards 2015*

For over 13 years the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland Division (IPWEA Queensland) has been showcasing the achievements of Local Council Engineers and Public Works Professionals. Read more >


City of Choice update report

The latest six-month Logan: City of Choice update report shows significant progress being made as major projects gain traction, and attention turns towards the initiative’s legacy beyond 2015. Read more >


Malcolm Fraser – an enigma - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The passing of former PM Malcom Fraser last month led to mixed reviews. Read more >


Big improvements in community perception

The City of Albany’s reputation in the community has improved significantly in the past 18 months, according to new research. Read more >


Out of School Hours program excels

Swan Hill’s Out of School Hours program has achieved the highest rating in the National Assessment and Rating process for children’s education and care services. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Shellharbour City Council, NSW

Mayor Marianne Saliba, Shellharbour City Council, New South Wales Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Liverpool City Council, NSW

Mayor Ned Mannoun, Liverpool City Council, New South Wales Read more >


Community forum a success

Kingston District Council made a huge impact with its first community forum. Read more >


Great attendance

More than 800 Local Government professionals from across Victoria attended the 2015 LGPro Annual Conference in February. Read more >


Council unanimous on old Hospital site

Marrickville Council has unanimously reaffirmed its commitment to the new library and community hub tender process at the old Marrickville Hospital site. Read more >