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Report wants bigger role for councils to improve bus services

More responsibility for improving NSW bus services should be delegated to local councils, a report says.

Bigger the car, bigger the cost

By Adam Coleman Inner-city councils are being encouraged to make owners of fuel-inefficient cars pay more for their parking as part of a popular scheme introduced by North Sydney Council. North Sydney mayor Genia McCaffery is using her role as the president of the NSW Local Government Association (LGSA) to urge councils to address climate […]

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 […]

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Australians call for more payment flexibility from local councils

New research shows many Australians are frustrated by limited local government payment options, presenting a huge opportunity for councils to heed the call for more flexibility.

Getting strategic about capital planning

Capital planning is about identifying and prioritising infrastructure and asset needs over a medium to long term period. For councils, it’s an indispensable tool for ensuring you can meet the needs of your communities in a sustainable and affordable way.


That’s using plastic for good

The Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA) was founded in 1999 and are the peak industry body representing manufacturers and suppliers of plastics pipe and fittings, plastic resin suppliers, fabricators, pipeline installations, rubber seal ring manufacturers along with training and certification bodies.



Playing to our strengths

Australia must “play to its strengths” and utilise its current energy assets to reduce emissions, ensuring consumers aren’t left picking up the tab from the transition to a clean energy economy.