Financial noose tightens on NSW councils
The imposition of a 1.5 percent rate peg for 2017/18 will push New South Wales councils further behind the financial eight-ball, the sector's peak body Local Government NSW (LGNSW) said today.
Communities speak out against water buy backs
The Balonne Shire Council in South West Queensland has spoken out against the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)’s recommendation to continue water buy backs in the Balonne region.
Action to end men's violence against women
Over the next 16 days councils across Victoria will host a range of local activities and events to encourage community engagement and support for the elimination of violence against women.
Local government welcomes supply chain strategy
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the peak body representing local government and councils Australia-wide, has welcomed the Government's proposed National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy in its response to Infrastructure Australia's 15-year Plan today.
Solving the coffee cup conundrum
The City of Sydney has trialled a dedicated coffee cup recycling system across office buildings. If the system is made permanent it could divert millions of cups from landfill each year.
Canberra leads the nation with zero emissions by 2050
In the final days of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Marrakesh, 17 states/regions and 19 countries across the world signed up to the 2050 Pathway Platform, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury, has announced.
First-of-a-kind plan for regional city
The Greater Bendigo City Council has approved the development of Plan Bendigo, a first-of-a-kind plan for a regional city that will shape the future development of the municipality.
New President for MAV
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has appointed a new interim President after former President Councillor Bill McArthur was not re-elected at the recent Victorian local government elections.
French mayor visits on Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day observances across the Bundaberg Region assumed greater significance this week with a visit in the lead up to November 11 by the mayor of the French town of Vignacourt.
Councils converge after Hazelwood closure
Local Government Areas in Victoria’s La Trobe Valley have vowed to come together to advocate for the region in the wake of the scheduled closure of the Hazelwood coal mine.
As Australia’s local governments take on more expenditure responsibility each year, ongoing financial sustainability is becoming an increasing concern.
Embracing active transport
The plan, launched in conjunction with an Ipswich National Ride2Work Day event, builds on the work of the recently endorsed iGO City of Ipswich Transport Plan.
Mayors going global for climate and energy*
Local Government has always been an early adopter and innovator in facing the challenges of climate change. Following the historic Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, cities and towns are again leading the way in responding to climate change.
Under the Building Better Regions Fund, funding is now out of reach for councils in fast-growing outer suburbs.
Residents design their own homes
The City of Fremantle will trial a European model for developing innovative urban communities, which invites residents to design their own homes.
Let your imagination loose - The Good Oil by Rod Brow
A Canberra-based member of our Cockatoo Network, Chris Mackay, approached me last week railing about the lack of attention that non-urban regions get from the feds, state governments and the investment community.
Council stands against domestic violence
Glenorchy City Council in Tasmania is taking a strong stand against domestic violence, instituting a special initiative to encourage cultural change within the Council and the city generally.
Educating on waste
The City of Albany has been recognised for its efforts in waste minimisation and awareness and has been named the 2016 State Winner of the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Environmental Education award.
Heritage building becomes regional gallery
Inspired by the Shire’s developing arts community, Narrandera Shire Council in New South Wales turned a disused heritage building into a stand-out arts and cultural centre.
Little wooden shops boost shopping strip
As part of Moonee Valley City Council’s Buy Local Moonee Valley campaign, wooden ‘little shops’ with rewards attached have been hidden along a local shopping strip.
Accelerating your digital transformation*
Many councils in Australia enthusiastically started migrating their paper-based processes to online environment and created a few electronic forms. However, progress has stalled and the councils were unable to extract further value from their digital transformation move. Why?
Douglas Shire Council and the Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA) have produced an interactive guide to the Queensland region’s Bloomfield Track.
A tourism partnership agreement between Hilltops Council in New South Wales and VisitCanberra is helping both regions.
Crab Fest sets sights on tourism award
Mandurah’s signature annual event, the Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest, is competing for the 2016 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards, hosted by the Tourism Council of WA.
New skin for iconic rhinos
Ahead of hosting the Artlands Conference, Dubbo Regional Council granted their iconic rhino statues a fresh lick of paint.
Learning about bushtucker
Campbelltown City Council has launched a series of bushwalking tours through the Dharawal National Park, an area rich with Indigenous heritage.
Geocaching visits the Surf Coast
Surf Coast Shire Council in Victoria is preparing to host a geocaching event that will see up to 1000 people converge on the region.
TV crowdfunding a collaborative success
The Borough of Queenscliffe in coastal Victoria recently coordinated a successful crowdfunding campaign with local traders to help boost the region’s
Getting it started
Bundaberg Regional Council in Queensland is playing a key role in encouraging tech entrepreneurship across the region via startupBundaberg.