August 2016 Edition

Breaking News

  • 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.
  • Aborigines urged to stand for local government
    A pioneer of Aboriginal representation in local government, Gunnedah councillor Gwen Griffen, has urged other indigenous people to consider standing for their local council.
  • Mayor thanks community for kindness in wake of tragedy
    The Burdekin Shire Mayor has thanked the community for its kindness and support in the wake of a fatal stabbing at a local backpackers hostel last week.
  • 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.
  • Celebrate childrens book week
    Australia’s top children’s books will come to life across Isaac Regional Council this Children’s Book Week.
  • 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.
  • New code of conduct spurs administrative debacle
    Unrest is unfolding in Victoria over the news that more than 100 Councillors across the state could be disqualified – including 13 whole councils.
  • Celebrating seniors
    Councils across Queensland have partnered with the Council of the Ageing (COTA) to deliver this year’s Seniors Week, which runs 13-21 August.
  • Giant Rainbow looms over Freo
    At nine metres high, 19 metres long and tipping the scales at 66 tonnes, Rainbow is not your average public art piece
  • Council to host commemoration for Vietnman Vets
    The enduring legacy of veterans of the Vietnam War will be honoured at a commemorative march and service in Knox City Council in Victoria this Sunday.
  • 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.
  • Councils remind Census can be completed at libraries
    Ahead of the 2016 Census tomorrow night, Central West Libraries in regional New South Wales is reminding local residents that they can complete the survey online at libraries.
  • Council calls for reform



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