April 2016 Edition

Breaking News

  • The true value of road safety
    Volunteers in the west contribute 16,000 hours annually to local road safety activities according to a study which explores the level of contributions made to the road safety network.
  • National volunteers week celebrations
    ‘Give happy, Live happy’ Established in 1989, National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia. Many councils have taken this opportunity to highlight the role of their volunteers and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Australians who donate their time.
  • Planning changes welcomed by LGNSW
    Proposed changes to New South Wales planning legislation have been welcomed by Local Government NSW (LGNSW).
  • Budget success
    The South East Queensland Mayors (SEQ) has campaigned successfully for a fair chunk of infrastructure funding for their region.
  • Domestic violence leave for Council employees
    Redland City Council has further strengthened its support for those affected by domestic and family violence by introducing paid domestic violence leave for employees.
  • Federal Budget Commits Funds for Water, Transport Infrastructure
    The Federal Budget contains a firm commitment to improving transport and water infrastructure in regional Australia.
  • Local government a key partner
    The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has developed an advocacy document for the 2016 Federal Election.
  • Community training to raise awareness of problem gambling
    Council and David Schwarz urge community to get behind anti-gambling training ‘Gambling is Not a Game’.
  • Orange Sky Laundry to serve Canberra homeless
    ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA today launched Canberra’s first Orange Sky Laundry Van.
  • State spending is not enough
    Massive infrastructure investment will boost Victorian jobs and productivity, but despite its budget surplus the Government has failed to restore equitable funding for core community services co-funded with councils according to Councillor Bill McArthur, President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).
  • Leichhardt to ban metadata use
    Leichhardt Council has become the first Council in New South Wales to ban the use of metadata by Council.
  • ANZAC Day the new way
    While the dawn service and main street march will be the traditional celebrations in towns and cities across Australia on Monday, many communities will be commemorating the 101st ANZAC Day with a modern touch.
  • Councillor complaints system to be reviewed
    The Queensland Government has announced it will review the system used to manage complaints about mayors and councillors.
  • Driving economic development
    The Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan (IQ-RAP) is the key to boosting economic development and jobs in regional areas, such as the Central Highlands according to Central Highland’s Mayor, Councillor Kerry Hayes.
  • Funding welcomed for women and children escaping violence
    Melton City Council has welcomed the announcement of a $152 million State Government funding package to give women and children escaping family violence greater access to a range of crisis and emergency housing options
  • NSW councils fear potential cost-shift
    The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has expressed concerns about a lack of consultation on the Emergency Services Property Levy (ESPL) and the potential shift of costs from state to local government.
  • Calls for $1billion for Inland Rail
    The Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance (MBIRA) – an alliance of councils – is urging the Federal Government to make a decision on the long-debated Inland Rail project.
  • No democratic representation for Geelong community
    The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has expressed disappointment at the State Government seeking to remove the Geelong City Council.
  • Call for commitment to regional hospitals
    As the State Government continues to commit funding for significant metropolitan hospital upgrades Greater Shepparton City Council mayor, Dinny Adem, highlights the need for regional hospitals
  • Youth Month puts spotlight on homelessness
    National Youth Week is in full swing and Bundaberg Regional Council is taking the opportunity to highlight the issue of youth homelessness.
  • Namoi freight study is good for local business
    The Namoi Joint Organisation has launched a region-wide transport study to investigate solutions for the freight industry in the New England and North West regions.



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