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Boundaries announcement welcomed by LGANT

By Staff Writers Local Government Association of NT president Kerry Moir has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Local Government, Elliot McAdam, on the boundaries of the proposed nine shires creates as part of the Territor Government’s reform agenda. "Consultation with member councils on the indicative boundaries nominated by the government will be important […]

Councils pay PIs to hire prostitutes

By Staff Writer Victorian local councils have taken the unusual step of paying private detectives to hire prostitutes in order to gather evidence against illegal Melbourne brothels. | Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) president Dick Gross says the legislation requiring the use of private investigators to expose illegal brothels was unfortunate and local councils should not […]

Slow DA processing sparks reform debate

By staff writer After a comparative council report revealed many NSW councils are taking longer than the stipulated 40 days to process development applications, debate rages over how to speed up the process. A recent comparative council report card from the NSW Department of Local Government found the average processing time for a NSW development […]

Australia’s first Child Friendly City

Greater Bendigo in Victoria has become the first Australian city to be recognised as a Child Friendly City by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The designation acknowledges the council’s work to create a safe and healthy environment for children and support them in free […]

Prime Minister shuffles ministerial deck

By Staff Writer The Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced changes to his Ministry, including two promotions to Cabinet, three new appointments to the outer Ministry and two new Parliamentary Secretaries. Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone will depart the Ministry along with former Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, Gary Hardgrave. Mr Hardgrave will be contesting […]

Report bolsters calls for water recycling

By Adam Coleman Figures from the Meteorology’s Annual Australian Climate Statement 2006 revealed it was Australia’s 11th warmest year on record. The parliamentary secretary for the environment, Greg Hunt, said it’s been the third driest year in Sydney, Melbourne and in Brisbane’s south-east catchment areas and suggested that major, national recycling schemes in Queensland, Victoria […]

Report calls for water recycling development

By Adam Coleman A recent report on water policy by the Senate’s standing committee on rural and regional affairs has recommended the development of water recycling plants to increase public support for recycled water. "The committee recommends that the federal government should commit to the construction of one or more advanced water recycling plants to […]

Australia hosts tsunami preparations workshop

By Adam Coleman The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is currently holding (January 19) an intensive two-week international Tsunami workshop in Melbourne to train Indian Ocean scientists for future tsunami events. “This is about saving lives, not just in Australia, but throughout the Indian Ocean,” says Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg […]

Youth encouraged to Rock Enrol

By Staff Writers As bands at summer music festivals crank it up to 11, young people in the audience will be encouraged to have their voice heard by enrolling to vote. The Australian Electoral Commision (AEC) and triple j have joined forces on ‘Rock Enrol’, promoting electoral enrolment by 17 and 18 year olds at […]

Bowler’s second spell as local government minister

By Jane Garcia John Bowler has been returned responsibility for the local government portfolio in Western Australia – a move welcomed by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) following tension with the State Government over proposed changes to local government election processes last year. Mr Bowler was first appointed Minister for Local Government in […]

Report finds landfill levies lopsided

By Adam Coleman The Productivity Commission has concluded its report into waste generation and resource efficiency in which it has criticised the use of landfill levies to achieve waste diversion targets and raise revenue. The report argues that landfill levies send the wrong price signals to users and increase the incentive to illegally dump waste. […]

Don’t judge a book by its cover

By Jane Garcia Lismore residents have been encouraged to challenge stereotypes and engage in conversation with diverse members of the community at the launch of Australia’s first Living Library in November last year. The ‘books’ in the Living Library are actually people representing groups in the community who may experience some kind of negative stereotyping […]

Infrastructure bonds an option for future funding

In a bid to foster support for federal tax incentives for investment in community infrastructure, Wollongong City Council has recently issued a discussion paper on strategies to attract investors. The Local Government Infrastructure Bonds Discussion Paper aims to foster debate on advancing inter-governmental acceptance of local government capital funding through the use of Infrastructure Bonds […]

Is Sydney scrimping on water costs?

By Staff Writers Sydneysiders should be paying more for water as it becomes scarcer according to an environmental economist who argues that more expensive water would encourage urban households to use it more efficiently. Professor Quentin Grafton, from the Crawford School of Economics and Government at ANU, says water should be priced on a sliding […]