Victorian Local Government Sector generates surpluses
The Acting Victorian Auditor-General Dr Peter Frost tabled the Local Government: 2014–15 Audit Snapshot report yesterday, which found the sector has generated more than $900 million annually for the past five financial years.
MAV says no to violence
From 25 November Victorian councils will show their support for the eradication of men’s violence against women.
Tasmanian Councils Financially Sustainable
Local Government Association Tasmania (LGAT) President, Mayor Doug Chipman, has welcomed the Auditor-General’s report on Local Government Authorities that was tabled in Parliament last week.
State of the assets
At the 2015 National Local Roads and Transport Congress Congress, the ALGA stated the need for a $300million Local Government Community Infrastructure Program.
Local Government Executives National Conference*
Plans are now underway for the fourth Local Government Executives (LGE) Conference – a popular forum established and run by Coffs Harbour City Council. The event will be held at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour from 2–4 March 2016.
A matter of independence
Christmas Island s an Australian external non-self-governing territory, but the question of independent governance continues to arise.
Minister endorses traineeships
Northern Territory Senator and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, visited Lismore City Council in September to meet with nine new Aboriginal trainees who started work earlier this year in waste, parks, water and roads.
Plastic bags to stay
A local law designed to reduce plastic waste in the City of Fremantle has been blocked by the Legislative Council for the second time in three years.
Food for fines
Members of library branches across Moree Plains, Walgett, and Brewarrina Shire Councils are now able to repay their fines with food.
Fit for the Future?
After a grueling period of anticipation for the New South Wales local government sector, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) released its report on the sustainability of NSW councils on 20 October.
Supporting local producers
In a bid to prove manufacturing isn’t dead, Marrickville Council has established a program to support local food producers.
Strategic student collaboration
Seven students from La Trobe University Bendigo are working with the City of Greater Bendigo’s Economic Development Unit to update one of the City’s key business resources.
Boost for community services
The Fairfield Youth and Community Centre celebrated its official opening last month, providing a major expansion to Fairfield City Council’s community services.
Tourists can now drive regular vehicles to experience the rock art and dot-painting tours offered in the Wallace Rockhole community, situated in MacDonnell Regional Council, Northern Territory.
For the past two years, the Town of Victoria Park has been running an extremely successful program aimed at activating the Albany Highway main street, encouraging tourism and economic development benefits.
Local Government and Economic Development*
In my travels throughout Australia’s cities, regions and more remote communities, it’s clear to me that local government, whether large or small, makes an important contribution to economic development. This is because of the ubiquitous engagement councils have with the communities they serve.
Logan City Council is calling for tourism-generating Expressions of Interest for its Loganholme Tourism Precinct, which is situated on 43 hectares of riverfront land.
Hawkesbury City Council has produced a new Hawkesbury Region Visitor Guide, which features an innovative approach to advertising.
The City of Prospect is creating opportunity and promoting growth via a strategic focus on Economic Development.
Beautiful by Day, Spectacular by Night*
The new destination playground at South Bank’s Riverside Green was officially re-opened on Saturday 3 October to popular acclaim. Situated in an extremely busy section of the famous esplanade in South Bank, the multi-layered playground features state-of-the-art play equipment, some of which has not been seen before in Queensland.
Oasis in the desert
The Echidna Place precinct in the town of Thargomindah is now a contemporary, well-frequented space, but the complex had very different beginnings.