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Peak humanity raises security concerns

By Angela Dorizas As the world nears ‘peak humanity’ there will be greater demand for security within Australia, says leading demographer and social commentator Bernard Salt. “The world’s population will peak at around about 9 billion in the year 2070,” Salt said at the recent ASIAL Security 2009 conference in Sydney. “When we reach this […]

Win to Wingecarribee in battle against Lehman Bros

By Angela Dorizas The administrators of Lehman Brothers Australia will be required to hand over details of the bank’s insurance policies, including personal indemnity insurance, to a former council client. Wingecarribee Shire Council in New South Wales has won Federal Court approval to uncover the insurance policies of Lehman’s in its bid to recoup funds lost through […]

MAV slams state for reneging on planning permits

By Rob O’Brien The Municipal Association of Victoria has accused the State Government of breaching an agreement made with local government over planning permit requirements for social housing and school building projects funded by the Rudd Government.   The Victorian Premier’s office did advise the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) in April that it would consult with […]

BUDGET 09: Funding boost to local government

By Rob O’Brien Federal funding commitments including a renewal of disaster mitigation programs, new investment in roads and support for drought-affected rural communities, have been welcomed by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) in its response to the Federal Budget. The Roads to Recovery program will be funded to the tune of $350 million per year […]

Legislative changes are costly and time-consuming: LGAQ

By Rachel Borchardt in Brisbane The new legislative changes to the Queensland Local Government Act will create a costly and time-consuming exercise for councils, according to the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). The proposed legislation, introduced into State Parliament by Local Government Minister Desley Boyle yesterday, will provide the Local Government Minister with “the power […]