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Councils to shoulder water and sewerage reform

Councils to shoulder water and sewerage reform

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) and the TasWater Owners Group, whilst acknowledging the need to deal with the issue of delivering potable water throughout Tasmania as a matter of priority, are "shocked at the unilateral decision by TasWater to slash annual distributions to owner councils to $20 milion without consultation," said LGAT President, Mayor Doug Chipman. Read more >

ACT to be a safe haven

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become a part of the Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) Scheme, meaning refugees in Canberra will have greater access to services and employment.

The scheme is designed to encourage refugees to find work or pursuing education in regional areas of Australia.

ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Yvette Barry said it would provide greater certainty for refugees living in Canberra.

“For refugees already living in the ACT – some for a number of years – the absence of a SHEV zone meant that they would be forced to move interstate, away from their already established support networks, friends and neighbourhoods where they are valued members of our community.

“The SHEV scheme would give hope and certainty to these people who make Canberra their home and who would otherwise face an uncertain future.

“We are currently working with the business and community sectors as well as across government to examine how refugees can be better supported to find employment. We are also working on a community of practice that will bring together relevant organisations to examine best practice in supporting refugees.”

Tiny town gets friendly award

Tiny town gets friendly award

The town of Withcott in the Lockyer Valley has been awarded the title of Queensland’s Friendliest Town for 2016 by environmental movement Keep Queensland Beautiful. Read more >

Celebrate childrens book week

Celebrate childrens book week Cat in the Hat: Children of Isaac are invited to dress as their favourite book character and join in the fun with Isaac Libraries Katherine Walker this Children’s Book Week August 22 – 26.

Australia’s top children’s books will come to life across Isaac Regional Council this Children’s Book Week. Read more >

Council calls for gambling reform

Council calls for gambling reform

Victorian local government area, Brimbank City Council, is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take action on gambling reform. Read more >

Saving time with Timebank

Saving time with Timebank

Ku-ring-gai Council is helping set up a local ‘Timebanking’ volunteering network and in partnership with NSW Volunteering is hosting a free information session for interested members. Read more >

This month

Turning the page

Despite funding challenges, Australian libraries are staying relevant in the digital age — and the world is taking notice. Read more >


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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 [email protected] Read more >

Syrian refugees welcomed

Some of the first refugees to be settled as part of Australia’s intake in response to the Middle Eastern crisis have been welcomed by Ku-ring-gai Council in New South Wales. Read more >

Capture community concerns to turn rate cap debate

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Power to the People Conference*

Australia’s only national community engagement conference. Community engagement is the new ‘must have’ local government skill. Read more >

Recycling in many languages

Whitehorse City Council in Victoria is communicating recycling messages in multiple languages. Read more >

A proactive approach to rural road renewal

The City of Busselton in Western Australia is making sure road funding goes to the rural areas that need it most. Read more >

City of Eindhoven’s expert to speak at Lighting Summit*

City of Eindhoven’s lighting expert will speak at the forthcoming Smart Lighting Summit in Melbourne on 6-7 September Read more >

Investing in collaboration*

The City of Swan will host the EDA 2016 National Economic Development Australia Conference from October 5-7 at the Mandoon Estate & Homestead Brewery in Perth’s picturesque Swan Valley. Read more >

Community clubs under-appreciated - The good Oil

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Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor Bridget Archer George Town Council, Tasmania

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Councillor profiles - This month from Mayor Phil Vickers West Coast Council, Tasmania

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Citizen science earns UN gong

The City of Boroondara in Victoria has won a United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day award for a local biodiversity project. Read more >

Opening doors with open data

Lake Macquarie City Council in New South Wales is harnessing the power of open data. Read more >

Helping schoolkids stay active and safe

City of Darwin in partnership with key community stakeholders has launched a program to help schoolkids live active lifestyles and get to school safely. Read more >

Tasmania’s local government conference

The 104th annual Local Government Association of Tasmania conference took place last month, running from 20-22 July in Hobart. Read more >

Coffs Harbour Conference*

Coffs Harbour City Council is organising the 19th Local Government Information Technology Conference at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour, on 2–4 November 2016. Read more >

Council's high achievers - This month from Terry Callant, Manager Governance, Bayside City Council, Victoria

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Council's high achievers - This month from Pioneer Settlement Team, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Victoria

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Safeguarding water use

The Shire of Beverley in Western Australia has implemented a stormwater harvesting system to help future-proof the dryland area. Read more >

Historic meeting with Yadaikana elders

Cook Shire Council is strengthening ties with its Cape York neighbours, with members of the Yadaikana Tribal Council of Elders meeting Council for the first time recently. Read more >

Safety in Action show, Sydney*

More than 4.000 decision makers in Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) across manufacturing, government, construction, healthcare, transport, distribution, cleaning and engineering will gather in Sydney this September. Read more >

Managing the merge

Some of the newly amalgamated councils in New South Wales are making use of a rigorous risk management tool from LG Professionals. Read more >

Community unites around naval cadets

A Navy Cadet unit in Tasmania is vying for a back-to-back national award, with considerable support from the community. Read more >