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Rivers to Recognition

Six western Victorian councils, under the banner of the Western Region Local Government Reconciliation Network (WRLGRN), have partnered to launch the Rivers to Recognition campaign.

The campaign takes place from October to December, and aims to raise awareness about the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Australians.

The program includes a major Western Region forum in Footscray about the Constitutional referendum, smaller community forums across the western region including Hobsons Bay, and a live music event to celebrate culture and recognise First Australians.

Headline acts at the concert will be highly acclaimed and award winning artist Archie Roach with Radical Son, Frank Yamma, SKIN CHOIR and Nancy Bates, while arts workshops and a market provide further entertainment.

A series of free workshops and community forums, hosted by ANTaR and Reconciliation Victoria, will examine what constitutional recognition means and why it is important.

A diversity of views regarding the proposed changes will be presented and discussed.

Western region councils are also supporting conversations about the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by developing a local resource guide which will be available at libraries and secondary schools across Melbourne’s West.

Councils partnering in the project include Hobsons Bay, Brimbank, Maribrynong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham City.

Roads to recovery allocated

Roads to recovery allocated Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss speaking at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly in June, 2014

Local councils across Australia will this week receive advice of their allocation under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery program. Read more >

Support for preventing violence against women

Support for preventing violence against women MAV President, Cr Bill McArthur

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Crime Prevention, Edward O’Donohue, of a further $200,000 of funding to support its preventing violence against women initiative. The initiative will build on earlier work to develop local government engagement in the prevention of violence against women. Read more >

Mixed messages for local communities

Mixed messages for local communities LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) have welcome a major Federal Government report that condemned restrictions on local councils using their own staff to recover from natural disasters. Read more >

New Vice President of international local government organisation

New Vice President of international local government organisation (From left) President of IALG Professor Charles Menifield; Melissa Gibbs, Vice President of IALG; Secretary-General of IALG Professor Peerasit Kamnuansipla.

The Deputy Director of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), Melissa Gibbs, has been elected to the position of Vice President of the International Association for Local Government (IALG). Read more >

Value of regional cities

Value of regional cities

The Australian Regional Development Conference will demonstrate the value of regional cities as residential destinations. Read more >

This month

Grants freeze sets in

Local Governments across Australia are beginning to feel the pinch as the freeze on Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) that was announced in the federal budget sets in. Read more >


This month Local Government Focus has launched its new website, and with it we have implemented some exciting new ways to deliver you the news from councils across Australia. Read more >

Have your say... Letters to the editor

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 Read more >

70th Anniversary of breakout

The Australian premiere of a renowned Japanese play has been a highlight of this year’s 70th anniversary commemorations for the Japanese Prisoner of War Breakout at Cowra. Read more >

Affordable housing funded

Residents in Roma will have access to more affordable housing options following the construction of the ‘Lander No. 4’ housing project. Read more >

Welcome changes to Act

Welcome changes to Act President’s comment Read more >

Hospital site’s rebirth

The City of Mount Gambier has breathed new life into a former hospital site while laying its turbulent history to rest. Read more >

Clearer drinking water

Yass Valley Council is tackling its discoloured water problems after a new trial manganese removal process implemented by Council in May this year proved successful. It is now being permanently installed. Read more >

Creek clean up

Blue Mountains City Council, with funding from Council’s Environment Levy, is teaming up with the local community and the Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA) in a $300,000 project to clean up Leura Falls Creek. Read more >

Funk comes to night markets

The Liverpool Night Markets have returned at Liverpool City Council with a great range of food, stalls and entertainment, including a special performance by the Funky Love Squad dancers, bringing disco back with their incredible stilt-dancing skills. Read more >

New Horizons Program - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Cockatoo Network has recently created an alliance of businesses to create new horizons of business - by bringing together previously unconnected investors in various regions around the world. Read more >

Focused climate change strategy

The City of Joondalup has announced it is one of the first local governments in the country to adopt a Climate Change Strategy that combines adaptation and mitigation targets and initiatives. Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Willoughby City Council, NSW

Councillor Gail Giles-Gidney, Mayor, Willoughby City Council, New South Wales Read more >

Councillor profiles - This month from Inverell Shire Council, NSW

Councillor Paul Harmon, Mayor, Inverell Shire Council, New South Wales Read more >

New fishing platform

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has joined fellow Councillors in inspecting the Council’s new recreational fishing platform. Read more >

Family Day Care to be hit

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillorr Sandra Wilson has expressed concern for the future of council’s family day care program after the federal government announced a reduction in funding. Read more >

Recognising Council’s high achievers - This month from Boulia Shire Council, QLD

Shelly Norton, Boulia Shire Council, Queensland Read more >

Recognising Councils high achievers - From Central Highlands Regional Council, QLD

Jason Akers, Central Highlands Regional Council, Queensland Read more >