LGA asks state government to
Councils in South Australia (SA) are urging the Liberal Party to drop its rate capping policy and work with the Local Government Association (LGA) on sensible reforms for councils and communities.
Collect your own tax
The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) is gearing up to launch its State Election Strategy at this month’s Annual General Meeting on 16 November.
As Australia’s housing affordability crisis shows no signs of alleviating, local governments are becoming increasingly proactive in looking
for new housing solutions.
Helping locals get down to business
The City of Unley in South Australia has teamed up with Prospect-based co-working enterprise Little City to provide a co-working space to help accommodate the area’s growing number of local entrepreneurs.
LGAQ launches data tool
The prospect of finding new solutions to community problems like barking dogs and efficiency in managing vehicle fleets has driven local councils to embrace a new data analytics tool launched by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).
Little library a big hit
A Little Free Library has been officially opened in Wollombi in New South Wales, after a collaborative effort by Cessnock City Library and community members to bring the project to life.
Engaging through digital stories
In a first for libraries in the Northern Territory, Storytime Pods arrived at the City of Palmerston Library in September and have become a hit with the local community.
Nursery protects biodiversity
The City of Burnside’s biodiversity nursery is working hard to preserve biodiversity in the South Australian municipality and often trades plants with other councils.
Gemfields trail bolsters local tourism
Sparkling sapphires, curious characters and extraordinary escapades are all waiting to be discovered along the new Sapphire Gemfields Interpretive Trail, which was officially opened in August in the Central Highlands region in Queensland.
Big weekend brings in big bucks
Over one weekend in Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, there was an estimated $5 million boost to the local economy as 30,000 people lined the foreshore for a very special event.
Helping sports club secure funding
In June, Wattle Range Council in South Australia hosted a well-attended sporting and recreation forum to encourage local clubs to pursue funding for infrastructure projects.
Nature reserve a gem
Wandoo Heights, a natural bushland conservation reserve, located in the City of Swan in Western Australia, is not only a unique bushwalking spot for visitors and tourists, but it’s also an environmentally significant conservation site with an interesting history.
Community pitches in for makeover
Wollongong City Council recently teamed up with the community and professional place-maker David Engwicht from Creative Communities to revitalise an underused and out-dated public space in Port Kembla.
Visitor economy in your own backyard
City of Boroondara in southeast Melbourne is looking to facilitate business development and growth and ramp up the visitor economy in the area.
Regional collaboration on tourism
Port Pirie Regional Council is leading collaboration between neighbouring South Australian councils to create a regional tourism and events strategy.
Rodeo success in remote town
A school holiday workshop run by Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Youth Reconnect team introduced local youth to cattle handling and rodeo.
Iconic market going strong
A popular market in the City of Port Phillip in Melbourne has been operating for nearly 50 years and remains a popular tourism drawcard.
Marketing hits the road
The District Council of Cleve in South Australia has utilised a simple but effective marketing strategy to get the name of the region out on the road.
New accommodation to boost tourism
Lockyer Valley Regional Council in Queensland is committed to creating economic development opportunities and is boosting accommodation options in the area.
New trail an economic and social boost
City of Canada Bay and City of Parramatta are partnering to build a picturesque, nine-kilometre walking and cycling trail that will link Rhodes, Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park.
Sportsfield usage audits*
The usage capacity of a sportsfield is defined as the amount of use that a playing surface can sustain before it deteriorates to a point where short term recovery is not achievable.
Spotlight on landcare
A recent opening day at a flora and fauna sanctuary in the Shire of Kojonup in Western Australia was a great success.
Revving up the economy
A classic car race in the Shire of Irwin in Western Australia is injecting thousands into the local economy.
CCTV wins national award
Aurukun Shire Council in Queensland has received a national award for excellence for it closed-circuit television (CCTV) security system, which is successfully reducing anti-social behaviour in the community.
Supporting tourism operators
The Coorong District Council will support tourism operators across the Coorong region to raise the bar ahead of a mass influx of visitors when The Bend Motorsport Park opens.
Council takes on regional marketing
Southern Downs Regional Council in Queensland is returning the responsibility of marketing and promotion of tourism back to Council to support local businesses on the ground.
Open swim showcases shire
Lake Leschenaultia in the Shire of Mundaring is gearing up to welcome the wider Western Australian swimming community.
Top tourism town awarded
The City of Mandurah in Western Australia has taken out top honours in this year’s GWN7 Top Tourism Town Awards, announced in September.