Home of Great Barrier Reef urges climate action
Douglas Shire Council will urge the State Government to lead Queensland towards a low carbon future as part of its submission to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection regarding climate change mitigation strategies.
Meals on Wheels celebrated
Councils are today participating in National Meals on Wheels Day to celebrate the great efforts of more than 78,000 volunteers who help to deliver nutritious meals and friendship to vulnerable community members.
Councils to shoulder water and sewerage reform
The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) and the TasWater Owners Group, whilst acknowledging the need to deal with the issue of delivering potable water throughout Tasmania as a matter of priority, are "shocked at the unilateral decision by TasWater to slash annual distributions to owner councils to $20 milion without consultation," said LGAT President, Mayor Doug Chipman.
ACT to be a safe haven
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become a part of the Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) Scheme, meaning refugees in Canberra will have greater access to services and employment.
Tiny town gets friendly award
The town of Withcott in the Lockyer Valley has been awarded the title of Queensland’s Friendliest Town for 2016 by environmental movement Keep Queensland Beautiful.
Council calls for gambling reform
Victorian local government area, Brimbank City Council, is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take action on gambling reform.
Saving time with Timebank
Ku-ring-gai Council is helping set up a local ‘Timebanking’ volunteering network and in partnership with NSW Volunteering is hosting a free information session for interested members.
Exceptional service awarded
Former Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor Ron Yuryevich has been recognised for his ongoing commitment to Local Government with a Local Government Medal.
Rail line steams ahead at Moree
On 8 August 2016, the New South Wales (NSW) Government announced it will spend $2 million dollars as part of the Fixing Country Rail pilot program to reopen 2.8km of the currently disused Moree to Inverell railway branch line.
Investing in collaboration*
The City of Swan will host the EDA 2016 National Economic Development Australia Conference from October 5-7 at the Mandoon Estate & Homestead Brewery in Perth’s picturesque Swan Valley.
Safeguarding water use
The Shire of Beverley in Western Australia has implemented a stormwater harvesting system to help future-proof the dryland area.
Safety in Action show, Sydney*
More than 4.000 decision makers in Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) across manufacturing, government, construction, healthcare, transport, distribution, cleaning and engineering will gather in Sydney this September.
Historic meeting with Yadaikana elders
Cook Shire Council is strengthening ties with its Cape York neighbours, with members of the Yadaikana Tribal Council of Elders meeting Council for the first time recently.
Managing the merge
Some of the newly amalgamated councils in New South Wales are making use of a rigorous risk management tool from LG Professionals.
Collaboration builds age friendly communities
Six local governments in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions of Western Australia have co-operated to deliver an aged housing project spanning six shires and eight town sites.
Greening the city centre
Mackay Regional Council is rolling out an urban greening program as part of its city centre revitalisation project.
From beer to books
Bega Valley Shire Council found a creative solution for a pub that was up for sale.
Wood encouragement policy good for the community and planet*
Local, state and national governments around the world are working hard to find ways to help tackle climate change. Local governments in particular are often leading the way with energy saving and green building. Building with responsibly sourced wood can help meet climate change targets as well as bringing other benefits like increased speed of construction and exceptional thermal insulation properties, meaning buildings consume less energy.
Robots get kids talking in code
Small Western Queensland towns are embracing big technology, thanks to coding and robotic workshops held in local libraries.