Moorabool Shire Council in Victoria is campaigning for the State and Federal governments to fund the Bacchus Marsh package of road works.
Budget boost for roads.
Local Government associations across Australia have welcomed additional funding measures in the 2015 Federal Budget, but have warned the ongoing indexation of the Financial Assistance Grants continues to put pressure on local budgets.
Graffiti Act to better reflect cost to community
The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) has welcomed the proposed Graffiti Vandalism Enforcement Act, which will increase police powers, improve provision for clean-up orders and introduce greater fines and punishment for serial offenders.
Every hand helps
To coincide with National Volunteers Week (11-15 May), Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Gerard O’Connell has officially opened the photographic exhibition ‘Every Hand Helps’ at Gatakers Artspace.
Boost for infrastructure but road funding unsure
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed the State Government’s significant investment in local infrastructure as part of theState Budget, but voiced concern about how funding for regional and rural roads will be allocated.
Reform reimbursement claim
West Australian Local Governments have applied for $5.4 million to reimburse their costs relating to the recently abandoned Metropolitan Local Government Reform process.
Communities having their say
South Australian Councils are currently looking to their communities for comment on draft budgets and business plans.
Kindergarten funding win
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has welcomed the Federal Government’s funding boost of $840 million nationally for the continuation of 15 hours of kindergarten for the next two years.
Pledge to consult on natural disaster funding
Queensland councils have welcomed the Abbott Government’s move to consult widely before responding to a Productivity Commission proposal to drastically slash natural disaster recovery funding.
LGANT welcomes budget
Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT) President Damien Ryan has welcomed the Northern Territority Government Budget announcements.
NSW Local Government Excellence Awards
The New South Wales Local Government Excellence Awards were held on Thursday April 23 with over 300 attendees present to celebrate a night of professional recognition.
Acting CEO announced
Mark Searle, former CEO of the City of Marion, has been appointed as Acting CEO to the Local Government Association of South Australia.
Praise for storm heroes
Hornsby Shire Mayor Steve Russell has thanked the Council and SES workers who were exemplary in their response to New South Wales’ recent once-in-a-decade storm.
FIFO inquiry submissions encouraged by Mayor
Mayor of Queensland’s largest mining region, Anne Baker, is seizing the opportunity to lodge a submission to the state government’s inquiry into Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) workforce practices, and is encouraging the community and local businesses to do the same.
South East Queensland waterways on the mend
The Council of Mayors South East Queensland (SEQ) is inviting the Federal Government to join the Resilient Rivers initiative, a coalition of government and water entities, to fix South East Queensland’s waterways and catchments.
Significance of the ANZAC legend honoured
To kick off Heritage Month, Sunshine Coast Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski officially launched the ‘Far From This Land’ exhibition, which commemorates the First World War’s 100th anniversary at Landsborough Museum.
Rates confusion looms
Outgoing Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) President Mayor David O'Loughlin has warned that thousands of Council rates notices may need to be pulped if legislation regarding pensioner concessions on rates is not finalised.
Victorian councils are rallying against rate capping, with many deeply concerned about how the legalisation will affect their ability to serve the community.
Local Government Growing Regional Australia
The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government and Regional Capitals Australia have launched a landmark national report on local government’s role in building strong and sustainable regional capitals and regions.
ALGWA biennial conference
The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) has hosted their 2015 National Biennial conference in the Barossa Valley.
Regional town connected
The Town of Gawler is one of the first Regional Centres in South Australia connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN).
IPWEA Queensland Excellence Awards 2015*
For over 13 years the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland Division (IPWEA Queensland) has been showcasing the achievements of Local Council Engineers and Public Works Professionals.
City of Choice update report
The latest six-month Logan: City of Choice update report shows significant progress being made as major projects gain traction, and attention turns towards the initiative’s legacy beyond 2015.
MAV partners with Social Traders to make social impact*
A new initiative led by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and Social Traders aims to create employment for marginalised groups in local communities by connecting Victorian local government with social enterprises.
Out of School Hours program excels
Swan Hill’s Out of School Hours program has achieved the highest rating in the National Assessment and Rating process for children’s education and care services.
NCCs 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference
More than 200 delegates, including a large contingent from local government, will come to Sydney for the 10th biennial Bushfire Conference to be held on the 26th & 27th May.
New ponds for Gungahlin
Australian Capital Territory legislative assembly member Meegan Fitzharris joined members of the local school and Indigenous communities and the Gungahlin community Council to officially launch the Gungahlin Valley Ponds.
Collaboration underpins benefits from C-ITS*
Technology and information systems are reshaping our society: how we interact with each other, how we keep informed about what’s happening in the world and how we go about our lives.
Vital considerations for roadside electronic equipment*
It’s crucial for roadside equipment to be well designed and carefully manufactured with reliable performance and long service life, or it will become very costly to maintain and may need to be replaced much sooner than intended.
Rural councils seek new way forward
Rural councils are working together to develop new ideas and approaches to secure their financial and operational futures and the economic and social futures of their communities.
Queens Park receives a royal upgrade*
In 2009, a Masterplan for Queens Park was developed by the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) with much community and stakeholder input, identifying many opportunities for development.
The war on street signs
Mosman Council has tackled the abundance of signs in urban areas by removing more than 450 signs in recent months.
Bridge funding reallocated
As a result of recent bridge assessments and identified risks, Cessnock City Council has reallocated funds in the 2014/15 Operational Plan to undertake works on five newly listed bridges in the 2014/15 Bridge Construction Program.
New pool taking shape
Cairns Regional Council is currently undertaking preparation works for a 50m International Swimming Federation (FINA)-accredited swimming pool.
Leading development application times
Wyong Shire Council has the quickest turnaround time for development applications (DA) when compared to similar group 7 Councils and the second quickest of all councils in the Sydney region according to a recent report.
JRA Datashare Professional*
Councils are under pressure to meet increasing expectations with declining revenues and many are reporting a financial sustainability problem.
Narrabeen Lagoon trail construction
Warringah Council has recently completed the multi-use trail around Narrabeen Lagoon, allowing pedestrians and cyclist to circumnavigate Sydney’s largest coastal lagoon for the first time.
Roads roll out
The Hills Shire Council has reached two new milestones with the laying down of the Shire’s 1,000th kilometre of road and the completion of line marking for one of its wards.
Green Army hits Eastfield Park
A Green Army team commenced work at Eastfield Park, Croydon, where they will carry out a variety of works as part of the Eastfield Park Rehabilitation & Revegetation Project.
Open day opens the way*
The Cootamundra Soil Recycling Facility (SRF) conducted a very successful open day for interested people to walk the site and have the process of soil remediation explained in detail.
Council switches to solar
The Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre (HILAC) is leading by example and using solar power to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier community.
Raphael Park floodlighting upgrade
The Town of Victoria Park has provided an illuminating experience for community members and junior sporting clubs, with the launch of six new floodlighting towers at Raphael Park.
Delivering high quality water
The Burdekin Shire Council has delivered higher quality water to residents living in Ayr and Brandon following the construction of a new pipeline and bore field.
Uptipity open for business
The City of Launceston has officially opened the newly redeveloped Launceston Waste Centre, including new re-sale shop Uptipity.
Waste under control
The City of Boroondara has recently purchased a new yard tractor to handle waste transfers to its busy waste and recycling depot in Victoria.