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Plastic footprint will shrink

Plastic footprint will shrink

Council is aiming to reduce Hobsons Bay’s plastic footprint with the launch of the Say No to Plastic Bags campaign. Read more >

Strong leadership needed on Basin Plan

Strong leadership needed on Basin Plan

The Murray Darling Association (MDA) has affirmed that its members are looking for strong, responsible leadership, and collaboration at all levels of government Read more >

Local community infrastructure is at risk

Local community infrastructure is at risk

A significant proportion of Australia's local community infrastructure is at risk of disrepair Read more >

NSW infrastructure has a positive outlook for 2016

NSW infrastructure has a positive outlook for 2016

There is a positive outlook in 2016 for all industries involved in building infrastructure in New South Wales according to the State Division of the Institute of Public Works Engineering (IPWEA-NSW) Read more >

Microchipping Works

Microchipping Works Linda Drake and Cujo – reunited after 13 years, thanks to microchipping.

The fact that two dogs have been returned to their owners after nine and thirteen year absences shows microchipping works, said the Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Stephen Bali. Read more >

Alliance calls for a fair go in the outer suburbs

Alliance calls for a fair go in the outer suburbs

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) has launched its national campaign ‘Fund Our Future’ in Penrith today. Read more >

This month

Smart investments

In an environment of fiscal uncertainty for local government, is enterprise the answer? Read more >


Editorial

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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 >


Beyond the goal posts

Isaac Regional Council is injecting more than $65,000 in programs to support its drought affected communities, with another $50,000 to be distributed in 2016. Read more >


Federation and tax reform rolled into broader reform agenda

Mayor Troy Pickard, ALGA President Read more >


Gender equality a priority

President’s comment. Read more >


Road safety calendar

A group of NSW councils have produced a calendar that promotes road safety and takes a roadtrip into the past. Read more >


Bush Kids

Ku-ring-gai Council is holding a school holiday program this summer in the Ku-ring-gai wild flower garden. The program known as Bush Kids will offer a range of activities throughout the summer holiday period. Read more >


City Heart Project Master Plan revealed

On December 10, 1895, the City of Launceston’s Duck Reach power station came online; making Launceston the first city in the southern hemisphere to be lit by hydroelectricity. Read more >


Innovation Statement provides a framework for local government revitalisation-The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Last month’s release of the Innovation Statement was a shot in the arm for the CSIRO and the research sector generally, and the Department of Industry, Science and Innovation which had seen much of its influence reduced under the previous administration. Read more >


Separating Risk from Uncertainty in a Brave New Amalgamated World *

By Rob Cook; TenderLink Read more >


Know your council website goes live

Know Your Council is an easy to understand website to help inform the community about how councils work and what they do. Read more >


Condor trials deliver buyers Australia-wide*

City councils in four states have chosen Howard Australia’s Condor mower, buying on the strength of trials and demonstrations during the past 12 months. Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Hobart City Council, Tasmania

Councillor Sue Hickey, Mayor Read more >


Councillor profiles - This month from Latrobe Council, Tasmania

Councillor Peter Freshney, Mayor Read more >


Cooling the ‘hood

Marrickville Council is trialling a new lighter coloured road surface called Ascrete. Read more >


Youth Task Force awarded

Glenorchy received three awards in the Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) National Sustainable Cities Awards. Read more >


Your move

A partnership between Western Australia’s fastest growing local authority and two State government departments is delivering some impressive – and moving - results. Read more >


Councils high achievers - This month from City of Darwin, Northern Territory

Katie Hearn, Manager Community Development, Read more >


Councils high achievers - This month from MacDonnell Regional Council, Northern Territory

Rohan Marks, Director Community Services, Read more >


E-waste recycled by the tonne

Sydneysiders recycled 20 tonnes electronic waste in six hours at the City of Sydney’s latest e-waste collection day, helping keep unwanted household items out of landfill. Read more >


Aquatic centre receives support

The City of Greater Bendigo has welcomed $4.885 million in funding from the Australian Government towards the new $31 million Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic Leisure and Wellbeing Centre. Read more >


Clever wireless conferencing solution from Bosch*

Let’s face it. We all prefer wireless devices. But is it safe and practical to have a wireless conference system? Read more >


Future Directions - by Mark Buckerfield

Adelaide Hills, written by Mark Buckerfield, Manager Built and Natural Assets. Read more >


Carawatha Park creates community

Carawatha Park in Willagee is a popular community hub and meeting spot for local residents. People of all ages, abilities and cultures enjoy the inclusive, accessible landscaped grounds and facilities since it opened in February this year.t Read more >


The Maranoa’s new home online

Maranoa Regional Council is excited to introduce a new community website which will deliver essential online services and information to residents, businesses and tourists. Read more >


Local businesses charged up to help

Adelaide City Council and city-based organisations are supporting mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs users to make the most of the city by providing free charging points for mobility devices. Read more >


Recognising disability

The Geelong Awards for People With a Disability have been launched for a second year. Read more >


Carbon cut and wastewater treatment costs slashed*

Among the major challenges facing councils in Australia is the need to treat growing amounts of wastewater caused by population growth; the costs of this treatment and compliance with the new and stringent discharge limits. Read more >


Friendship park opens

As the first children wandered into the new Australia Japan Friendship Park in Ichinoseki, Japan last month, their eyes lit up. Read more >


Delete the Re-sheet: Recycle, reuse, rehabilitate your unsealed roads*

Local Government has always faced threats to services and financial sustainability. The possibility of forced amalgamations, a freeze on the indexation of grants, reductions in federal spending and road funding… all compounded by escalating community expectations. Read more >