January 2015 Edition

Breaking News

  • Nostalgic look at beach culture
    Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is currently displaying nostalgic beach images in an exhibition titled ‘Holidays and Hokey Pokey: Beach Images of the Tweed’ until the end of summer.
  • Future of local libraries in NSW
    Gunnedah Shire Council is asking local library lovers to join a statewide call to stop the ongoing reduction in funding from successive NSW State Governments and protect the future of local libraries.
  • The City of Fremantle calls for certainty
    The City of Fremantle is calling on the state government to provide guidance and certainty on the local government reform process following the results recent elector’s polls, one of which will block the amalgamation of Fremantle and East Fremantle councils.
  • WALGA withdraws support for reform process
    The Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) has announced that State Government-led reform in the local government sector has moved so far from its original objective that they can no longer support it.
  • Amalgamations blocked
    The amalgamations of The City of South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park, The City of Kwinana and The City of Cockburn, and The City of Fremantle and The Town of East Fremantle will no longer go ahead following ratepayer ballots.
  • Community libraries to retain crucial funds
    The Government of Western Australia has decided to release unspent funds from 2014 for public libraries materials for use in the remainder of the 2014-15 financial year.
  • Fifth national public galleries summit
    The Public Galleries Association of Victoria is convening the Fifth National Public Galleries Summit in Bendigo until February 6.
  • State-Local Government Relations Agreement signed
    A State-Local Government Relations agreement has been signed in South Australia that aims to achieve a closer strategic alignment between the two spheres of government.
  • Underboring works begin on new water pipeline
    Higher quality water for Burdekin Shire Council residents in Ayr and Brandon is a step closer with the commencement of underboring operations at Rossiters Hill.
  • Golden oldies chase screen dreams
    A group of Illawarra seniors have brought their silver screen dreams to life in a photographic project that saw them recreate iconic movie or television scenes.
  • Flashing signs improve school road safety
    City of Gold Coast will deploy more flashing speed signs this year as it continues to focus on road safety around schools in an ongoing program improving road safety.
  • Infrastructure funding dominates state election pledges
    The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has released the responses of the Liberal National Party (LNP), Queensland Labor and the Greens to its 10 Point Policy Plan for the 2015 election.
  • South Australians proud
    1,579 people in South Australia became Australians last weekend after citizenship ceremonies were held across the State to coincide with and commemorate Australia Day.
  • Delivering childcare for growing community
    New developments within inner city Sydney could deliver more than 2,000 new childcare places.
  • Australia Day Awards
    LG Focus would like to congratulate the recipients of council awards presented as part of Australia Day celebrations across the nation on January 26.
  • Recognition for NSW's best and brightest
    For the first time, professionals in the New South Wales local government sector will get the chance for their work and projects to be recognised at a national level.
  • Council’s State election wish list
    Whitsunday Regional Council has released an election wish list for the State seats of Burdekin and Whitsunday in the lead up to the Queensland state election on January 31.
  • Ball raises more than $35,000
    Issac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker’s first Charity Ball was an outstanding success, raising $36,578.93 for beyondblue.



  • Editorial
    The beginning of a new year is often a tragic time in Australia, with many people at increased risk from environmental disasters such as bushfires and flooding.