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World Hepatitis Day highlights treatment improvements

World Hepatitis Day highlights treatment improvements

Assistant Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris on Wednesday met clinicians and community organisations ahead of World Hepatitis Day to highlight progress in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) around improving access to treatment services. Read more >

South East Queensland mayors vie for 2028 Olympics

A pre-feasibility report released by the Mayors of South Queensland (SEQ) yesterday has shown the region could be a viable contender for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympic Pre-feasibility Analysis Report found that there are sufficient economic, social and cultural benefits for the area that warrant further investigation. The next step is to undertake a People Mass Movement study, a review of sporting and performing arts venues, and a full Olympic feasibility study.

The report also determined the region needs to better equip itself for future population growth, regardless of an Olympic bid.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair and Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, said the Mayors were enthusiastic about the outcomes of the report.

“How we deal with the challenges of accommodating our increasing population, delivering the right infrastructure, improving our standard of living and growing our economy in a competitive global market will shape the future of SEQ in the decades to come,” said Lord Mayor Quirk.

“The Report shows that an SEQ Olympics could be a significant opportunity for the region, but also exposed the need for all tiers of government to work together to create a roadmap for SEQ’s economic, social and cultural growth over the next 30 to 50 years.”

The Pre-feasibility Analysis Report was conducted over the last 12 months.

“The SEQ Mayors support the conclusions of the Pre-feasibility Analysis Report and the need for further exploration of an SEQ 2028 Olympic Games. However, we will continue to approach this opportunity with caution and careful consideration,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Any future Olympic work will only proceed if we are absolutely confident it will deliver value and benefits for our residents. Ultimately, an Olympic bid will only proceed if it makes the SEQ community better and stronger than it would be without a bid.”

Former councillors continue to represent

Former councillors continue to represent

At its Council meeting on 25 July City of Parramatta confirmed the makeup of its Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) and Former Councillor Representation Committee (FCRC) Read more >

Gearing up for National Local Government Twitter Day

Gearing up for National Local Government Twitter Day

Hashtags at the ready, it's Local Government Twitter Day next week and councils across Australia are being encouraged to take part. Read more >

Council lures Pokemon Go users

Council lures Pokemon Go users

The City of Logan is capitilising on the Pokemon Go phenomenon. Read more >

Electoral Commission of Queensland to Investigate local elections

Electoral Commission of Queensland to Investigate local elections

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) has launched an investigation into the financial campaign activity surrounding the Gold Coast City Council elections. Read more >

This month

Innovation is key

The 2016 Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly (NGA) discussed the innovation needed to solve the problems facing Australian cities and regions. Read more >


We are living in uncertain times. As this edition goes to press, federal votes continue to be tallied, with an outcome still not in sight. An excruciatingly long campaign has ticked over into an excruciatingly long wait for a result. 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 [email protected] Read more >

Water recycling project making a splash

A City of Sydney recycled water project – which harvests and treats up to 850 million litres of stormwater a year – has won a 2016 Good Design Award. Read more >

Professional development for women

LGPro is running two events this month for Victorian women working in local government. Read more >

The national charge

A national program that supports elder residents in electric wheelchairs is calling on local governments to get involved. Read more >

Examining the state of the regions

President’s comment Read more >

Council goes to school

Cairns Regional Council has used its resources to prepare a suite of activities and toolkits for the region’s school curriculums. Read more >

Building a resilient city

Councils across Melbourne have joined together, along with community organisations and the Victorian Government, to plan for a more resilient city. Read more >

Helping patients make fresh tracks

Ku-ring-gai Council on Sydney’s north shore is working in partnership with the Fresh Tracks Foundation to improve the lives of patients with an acquired brain injury. Read more >

Developing a Toolkit For Change*

Parks and Leisure Australia’s 20th National Conference coming in October Read more >

Rediscovering well-developed policy – a role for local government - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

Laura Tingle (Australian Financial Review) wrote an excellent ‘Quarterly Essay’ last month, which received special attention around Canberra. Read more >

Championing digital in Queensland

Whitsunday ROC (Regional Organisation of Councils) has successfully nominated three representatives for a program designed to grow Queensland’s digital economy. Read more >

Get ABR Explorer and understand businesses in your area

ABR Explorer is a free online reporting and analytical tool that gives authorised government agencies easy access to all Australian Business Number (ABN) information on the Australian Business Register (ABR). Read more >

Promoting outback wonders online

The Banana Shire has launched a digital strategy to promote a little-known tourism gem on the edge of Queensland’s Outback. Read more >

Building relationships between young and old

A kindergarten in Glenelg Shire is building new relationships with some of the community’s oldest residents as part of an innovative new educational program. Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor Vonda Malone Torres Shire Council, Queensland

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Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor Chris Loft Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland

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Achieve a single, unified reporting environment with MAGIQ*

The City of Whittlesea in Melbourne has invested in the MAGIQ Performance Suite to deliver on the strategic goal of implementing a single enterprise-wide reporting solution. Read more >

Council's high achievers - This month from Tom Steele, GIS and Assets Coordinator, Leeton Shire Council

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Council's high achievers - This month from Clarence Valley Council Library Staff

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East meets West

The City of Mount Gambier has commenced works to transform a current rail corridor into a shared cycling/walking path that will join East and West Mount Gambier. Read more >