Move intermodal to Badgerys Creek?
Liverpool City Council Mayor Ned Mannoun is lobbying for the construction of and Intermodal at the planned Badgerys Creek airport, instead of the current plans for construction at Moorebank.
Sunbury City Council finalised
The Napthine Government has completed the formal gazettal of orders establishing the new Sunbury City Council from July 1 2015.
Enough Pokies campaign
Hobsons Bay City Council announced its support of the multiagency Enough Pokies in Vulnerable Communities campaign.
Councils call for action on FIFO report recommendations
Central Highlands and Isaac Regional Councils will move a motion at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) annual conference in Mackay this week calling for action on the FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) report recommendations.
ALGA opposes disaster-funding recommendations
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has opposed several key recommendations in the Productivity Commissions draft report into natural disaster funding arrangements.
Sights set on growth for state conference
Proposed changes to disaster management funding, looming White Papers on Federation and Taxation Reform and council proposed amendments to rating categories are expected to be hot topics at the 118th Local Government Association of Queensland's (LGAQ) annual conference.
New council boundaries in Western Australia
The Western Australia State Government has announced its decision on the reform of Perth’s metropolitan local governments, including boundary adjustments and amalgamations.
NBN planned for Loddon Mallee
NBN Co has announced that National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed wireless services will be coming soon to Mildura, Swan Hill, Campaspe, Loddon and Gannawarra Shires.
NSW calls to abandon grant freeze
Local Government NSW will lobby the Federal Government to abandon its decision to freeze the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants, following a unanimous vote by councillors at its 2014 annual conference.
Guidelines for climate adaptation
New guidelines to support Councils preparing for climate changes have been released by the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) for consultation with Councils, communities and other key stakeholders.
Feedback sought for project
The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) is looking for feedback on an upcoming project on preventing racism and intercommunity conflict.
Australia's largest public library network
South Australia has completed The One Card Network project, connecting more than 130 public libraries across South Australia and enabling customers to borrow and return items at these libraries with one library card.
The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) has urged all levels of government to maintain the Renewable Energy Target (RET), while two Australian Councils have been awarded as world leaders in sustainable practices.
Mountain Biking Series
Seven NSW inland Cities have released an expression of interest to secure a naming rights sponsor for the 2015 Evocity Mountain Bike (MTB) Series to create the biggest MTB Series in Australia.
Successful end to pop-up project
Number 5, Hornsby Shire Council’s pop-up retail and exhibition space on the west side of Hornsby, has come to a successful end, with a permanent tenant about to move into the shop space.
Take the lead in Anzac Centenary*
One of Australia’s leading military historians and authors is urging local government to take the lead in getting the community engaged in the ANZAC Centenary.
First eSmart Library Service
Hume Libraries have become Australia’s first eSmart Library Service, equipping itself to support its customers to use technology in a smart, safe and responsible way.
As we reported in the ‘breaking news’ section on lgfocus.com.au this month, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss announced the Roads to Recovery funding allocated to local councils.
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Rallying to the technology cause
In September, Coffs Harbour hosted the Australian round of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) World Rally Championship, the Coates Hire Rally Australia, for the third year.
City of Casey Believes Good Procurement Relies on More Than Talk, Talk, Talk*
As with most things in life, communication is key. But within council procurement activities, talk is not enough. Risk must be mitigated by ensuring all ‘talk’ is transparent, consistent and retrievable. The tendering process invariably leads to questions from suppliers, and communication glitches can quickly escalate to a council coming under scrutiny - causing expense, delay and distraction.
Energy efficient fit
Roper Gulf Regional Council in the Northern Territory will improve the energy efficiency of its nine regional offices following a grant of just over $500,000 from the Australian Government.
Online pet registration
Sutherland Shire Council residents can now register their dog or cat online on council’s website, a first in Australia.
Big Roads Grow
Queensland’s Mornington Shire Council is undertaking a road rehabilitation project, giving locals and visitors a much smoother, safer journey.
Councils boost productivity on road maintenance*
Council and shire road maintenance crews are cutting the amount of travel time required for road maintenance on their unsealed road networks by using an Australian-made product called PolyCom Stabilising Aid.
Good news for Glenbrook lagoon
A seven-year project at Blue Mountains City Council has restored the most polluted waterway in the Blue Mountains into a perfect habitat for aquatic life.
Four tonnes of rubbish removed
Bed frames, mattresses, vertical blinds, hot water systems, tyres and roofing iron were among the items found on Burdekin’s Great Northern Clean Up of the Burdekin River bed.