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NSW council elections postponed amid COVID-19 crisis

NSW Local Government elections have been postponed by a further three months, as Greater Sydney battles to contain the worsening COVID-19 outbreak.

The election will now take place on Saturday 4 December.

This is the second time the election has been delayed, with the four year term originally set to expire in September 2020.

Announcing the new date, Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock said the decision to postpone the election for a second time had been made to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the state’s communities, voters, polling staff and candidates.

Nominations for candidates to contest the poll will now open on Monday 25 October. The electoral roll, including the non-residential roll, will also remain open until this date.

Councillors elected in December 2021 will serve a reduced term of 2 years and 8 months, with subsequent elections expected to remain on schedule. This means the next election will proceed as planned in September 2024.

Conference returns

Conference returns Debating the motions before the assembly, Forbes Shire Council Mayor Phyllis Miller.

The 27th Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly returned to Canberra in June this year after a brief hiatus in 2020 when it was cancelled due to the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Read more >

NGA endorses nuclear weapons ban

NGA endorses nuclear weapons ban Mayor John Daw, Mundaring WA, holding the Nobel Peace Prize is pictured with council representatives from across Australia, ICAN and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Members.

At its National General Assembly in June, the Australian Local Government Association delegates unanimously passed Motion 61 calling on Australia to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read more >

First to ban single-use plastic takeaway packaging

First to ban single-use plastic takeaway packaging City of Hobart’s Cr Bill Harvey and Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds join owner of local institution Café Daci & Daci, Cheryl Daci, to demonstrate by-law compliant packaging.

Hobart has become the first city in Australia to ban single-use plastic takeaway food packaging as part of a wider move to become single-use plastic free. Read more >

Supporting women’s leadership

The peak body for local government officers will receive a share of $39.8 million in Commonwealth Government funding to support women’s leadership development in local government.

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women will provide $615,000 over three years for Local Government Professionals Australia to increase female leadership in the local government sector.


LG Professionals National President, Victoria MacKirdy, said, “Local Government Professionals Australia is proud to be partnering with the Office for Women on our Local Government Women’s Future Leader Program.


“Since we set a gender balance target of 40:40:20 in local government senior leadership teams to be reached by 2025 last year – that is 40 percent men, 40 per cent women, and 20 per cent unspecified – we have been actively working to make this a reality.


“This funding is a vote of confidence in our efforts by the Minister for Women and a real commitment by the Australian Government to support local government and women in the sector.”


The funded program seeks to increase female leadership in the local government sector through tailored support for women and councils.

The program will offer leadership development opportunities to women while providing support for councils to achieve the leadership gender balance target including mentoring, scholarships, board traineeships, and virtual and face-to-face professional development event attendance.

Councils will be supported through reports, cases studies and toolkit resources to ensure they are able to encourage, accommodate and foster female leaders within their workforces.

Fabric forest highlights fashion waste

Fabric forest highlights fashion waste Fabric Forest art installation.

Ballarat Youth have engaged local artist Diokno Pasilan to help create an art installation made from fabric waste. Read more >

This month

Conference returns

The 27th Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly returned to Canberra in June this year after a brief hiatus in 2020 when it was cancelled due to the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Read more >


NGA endorses nuclear weapons ban

At its National General Assembly in June, the Australian Local Government Association delegates unanimously passed Motion 61 calling on Australia to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read more >


Editorial

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First to ban single-use plastic takeaway packaging

Hobart has become the first city in Australia to ban single-use plastic takeaway food packaging as part of a wider move to become single-use plastic free. Read more >


Supporting women’s leadership

The peak body for local government officers will receive a share of $39.8 million in Commonwealth Government funding to support women’s leadership development in local government. Read more >


Fabric forest highlights fashion waste

Ballarat Youth have engaged local artist Diokno Pasilan to help create an art installation made from fabric waste. Read more >


President’s comment – Mayor Angela Evans

President Local Government Association of South Australia Read more >


At risk youth in Town Common clean up

Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, is working with Care Goondiwindi to reduce recidivism through a court diversion program engaging repeat offenders to clean up and rejuvenate the Goondiwindi Town Common. Read more >


A fair share of the pie

North Burnett Regional Council (NBRC), Queensland, has been leading the fight for a fairer share of State and Federal funding for local government through a campaign highlighting the harsh financial reality facing smaller regional councils. Read more >


Last one out, please turn off the lights

By Rachel Chambers, Mayor North Burnette Regional Council Read more >


Building a balanced future for bushfire protection*

Building industry experts are planning to meet in the Blue Mountains next month 25-27 August, for the 7th Australian Bushfire Building Conference to tackle the tough questions around planning and building in bushfire prone areas. Read more >


Businesses say you’re #safewithus

Business owner, Errin Williamson estimates a 70 percent loss in regular revenue at her café in Church Street, Dubbo, New South Wales, when her business was listed as a COVID-19 exposure site, after two COVID-positive travellers stopped in for a meal. Read more >


Citizenship ceremony marks Refugee Week

Snowy Monaro Regional Council, New South Wales, held a citizenship ceremony at the Cooma Council Chambers on 24 June, to mark National Refugee Week and reflect on the contributions of migrants to the region. Read more >


The Good Oil by Rod Brown – FTA with United Kingdom is excellent news

Last month’s announcement of an in-principle agreement of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the United Kingdom (UK) and Australian governments is excellent news. Read more >


Feral deer population growing

Tweed Shire Council has joined forces with Lismore and Kyogle councils, and the Tweed and Border Ranges-Richmond Valley Landcare groups, to launch ‘The Northern Rivers is on Feral Deer Alert’ program. Read more >


Mural paints a picture of community

Wollongong City Council, New South Wales, has worked with local community organisation The Disability Trust on a new interactive community mural in MacCabe Park. Read more >


Address verification technology helped ACT Government reduce spending*

Customer Experience and Design Operations Manager, Vladislav Munteanu, has been working tirelessly to ensure the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has up-to-date, accurate and easily accessible address data to help them deliver essential services to the public. Read more >


World’s best tasting water

Water from the Rossarden Water Treatment Plant, in Tasmania’s Northern Midlands, has won the Best Municipal Water for 2021 at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event in West Virginia, United States of America (USA). Read more >


Councillor profiles – Mayor Angela Long City of Greater Dandenong

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Councillor profiles – Mayor Mark Holcombe Mansfield Shire Council

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New heights in city design

City of Melbourne will consider the establishment of a new Melbourne Design Review Panel and Design Excellence Advisory Committee in an effort to improve architectural and design quality in the city’s new developments. Read more >


The value of authentic engagement*

The value of authentic community and stakeholder engagement is now more important than ever. Read more >


Laneway into plaza

The transformation of Little Timor Street, Coonabarabran is one step closer as Warrumbungle Shire Council, New South Wales, appoints contractors to undertake the project. Read more >


Sand recycled in erosion control trial

Shire of Esperance, Western Australia, has partnered with the Department of Transport (DOT) to undertake a trial involving pumping sand dredged from Bandy Creek Boat Harbour, to nourish the eroding sections of Castletown Quays Beach. Read more >


Community safety funding welcomed

The Victorian Government has announced a new funding program for crime prevention and community safety, targeted at 11 communities across Victoria. Read more >


Policy guides international relations

Greater Bendigo City Council, Victoria, has adopted a new International Relations Policy 2021 to provide greater clarity and guide international relations. Read more >


WA’s ‘Know how rates are calculated’ competition

Independent research, commissioned by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), has found only about one in five ratepayers can identify how rates are calculated. Read more >