Federal backlash in amalgamated New South Wales
As the federal vote tally winds up, New South Wales has recorded the highest swing against the Turnbull Government – with harsh swings in areas that fiercely opposed the State’s local government amalgamations.
Historic public mural to be conserved
City of Parramatta Council will conserve a significant mid-20th century public mural ahead of the demolition of the former Chambers building in Parramatta Square.
Terms of rate cap misleading, says MAV
The Municipal Association of Victoria has said ratepayers have been “misled” by the terms of the Victorian Government’s 2.5 percent rate rise cap, as individual rates could still go up.
Survey reveals why councillors stand
A Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) survey of successfully elected councillors has revealed the most common reasons that motivated them to stand for council and their campaigning tips for election hopefuls.
Tropical conference tackles resilience
A key theme of “Resilience in the Tropics” will underpin expert presentations and discussion when the second Future of Tropical Economies Conference (FTEC) is held in Cairns later this year.
MobileMuster winners announced at NGA
The national winners of the MobileMuster local government awards have been announced at the ALGA National General Assembly – top gongs went to the City of Sydney and the District Council of Orroroo-Carrieton.
Photography exhbition celebrates refugees
As part of Refugee Week celebrations, Brimbank City Council in Victoria has launched a photography exhibition showcasing its high-achieving residents from refugee backgrounds.
Protecting our elders
Australian councils are joining in international efforts to raise awareness against elder abuse.
Federal parties called on to fund local communities
Victorian local government is calling for a commitment from all political parties to invest in local roads, community infrastructure, and services for children and older people ahead of the federal election.
Permit processing for heavy vehicles improved
Processing times for heavy vehicles permits have improved across local government areas in three of the five surveyed states, according to data from the National Heavy Vehicle Register (NHVR).
Councils form alliance to grow region
Three local governments in the Great Southern region in Western Australia have formed an alliance to further economic development and future prosperity of the region.
Speed it up campaign
A campaign by the Sunshine Coast Council is hoping to demonstrate the need for faster internet in the region.
Women’s leadership on the agenda
The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) is encouraging women who are seeking a leadership role and to help shape the future of their communities to stand as candidates in local government elections this October.
Pop-up shop engages the community
Tweed Shire Council in New South Wales has been recognised for outstanding community engagement for a pop-up shopfront educating on foreshore revitalisation.
Partnership with Ozius wins national award*
Brisbane-based spatial technology start-up Ozius Spatial stands among the industry leaders after winning an award at the 2016 National Planning Institute of Australia Awards this month.
Water conservation saves invaluable park
One of Victoria’s most ecologically valuable parks was on the brink of eradication before being revitalised by a water conservation project by Moonee Valley City Council.
Sports precinct a step closer
The plan to build a new sporting precinct in regional New South Wales is a step closer following a decision by Orange City Council.
EnvironMentors visit schools
Earlier this year, schools across The Hills Shire in Sydney’s north were visited by a team of Keep NSW Beautiful EnvironMentors.
Councils rise to the innovation challenge, delivering more with less*
For many councils road maintenance is the biggest drain on financial resources. And despite deteriorating road networks, it is often the case that road budgets are shaved as other priorities demand attention. Under these challenging conditions, councils must rise to the challenge to deliver more with less.